Crowley native, former Ragin Cajun great and Minnesota Viking Orlando Thomas has passed away at the age of 42.

Thomas had been battling ALS (amyotrophic lateral sclerosis; also known as Lou Gehrig's disease) at home in Crowley. Thomas passed away Sunday night.

Orlando Thomas, led the NFL in interceptions during his rookie year in 1995 with nine.

Thomas' agent, Mark Bartelstein released this statement -

"Nobody's ever fought a battle like Orlando fought, with so much dignity -- I never saw anything like it," Bartelstein said Monday morning. "It's just incredible. He never had a sense of self pity, never felt sorry for himself, he was always worried about everyone else. He was just the most incredible person I've ever been around."