Tarleton Athletics and the Texan football teams of 1977 and 1978 are asking fans to donate to the Tony Tuck Benefit Fund during Thursday's season opener at Tarleton Memorial Stadium.

Tuck is a former football letter winner who contracted Typhoid Fever and salmonella poisoning while in Afghanistan working for a private logistics company. The fever caused a stroke that left him paralyzed on one side.

Tuck's employer had no insurance, and his family has been affected both physically and financially.

Tuck played on the Tarleton football team from 1977-79. As a starting defensive end, Tuck helped the Texans to a conference championship and playoff appearance in 1978.

Fans are urged to contribute to the "coolers" that will be at the Tarleton-Abilene Christian game, which kicks off at 7 p.m. Thursday.

Checks should be made payable to Tarleton Tuck Benefit Account.