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Former NFL Linebacker Elijah Alexander dead at 39

He played in the NFL for 10 years. RIP.Elijah Alexander

Former NFL linebacker Elijah Alexander has died after a nearly five-year battle with cancer. He was 39.


Alexander was diagnosed with multiple myeloma, a cancer of the bone marrow, in 2005, four years after his career ended in Oakland.

The former Kansas State player spent nine seasons with four teams. After one year with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in 1992, Alexander spent three seasons each with the Denver Broncos and Indianapolis Colts. He made 29 starts in 30 games for the Raiders during the final two years of his career in 2000-01.

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