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Ex-New Orleans Saints and University of Illinois player Glenn Foster dies days after Alabama arrest

A 2015 preseason headshot of Glenn Foster when he was a player for the New Orleans Saints. Foster died in police custody in Alabama on Monday.
NEW ORLEANS — NPR’s Debbie Elliott talks to reporter Ramon Antonio Vargas of The Times-Picayune/The New Orleans Advocate, about former University of Illinois and New Orleans Saints football player Glenn Foster, who died in police custody in Alabama.
 
Listen to this interview here.
 
Vargas and Mike Perlstein report that Foster died on Monday. Police arrested him after a high-speed chase on Saturday. He was then involved in a fight at the Pickens County Jail with another detainee.
 
Illinois State Rep. Kam Buckner (D-Chicago), who also played football at Illinois, posted a tribute to Foster on Twitter Tuesday. Foster played at Illinois from 2008-2012. He signed with New Orleans as an undrafted free agent and played two seasons for the Saints.

Illinois Newsroom’s Brian Moline contributed reporting to this story.

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