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Syracuse Daily Links - Remembering John Mackey

John Mackey had a career that transcended the playing field |
"John was the perfect role model for Syracuse football student-athletes," SU head coach Doug Marrone said. "He was a larger-than-life man and he influenced so many people. Many consider him the greatest tight end in NFL history and he was a pioneer in the development of the NFL Players Association."

The Syracuse University football family remembers John Mackey |
"I loved running into him before his health deteriorated," Tirico said. "He was always brimming with pride about his Syracuse days and how those days impacted his life. As soon as he knew Syracuse was a part of your life, he would always greet you with an extra firm handshake, smile or hug. As great a man as he was a player."

John Mackey exemplified how former players are hurting |
"I think they could do a lot of things," said Little, a running back who joined Mackey in the Hall of Fame last year after nine seasons with the Denver Broncos. "They forget about players after they’re gone."

Ernie Davis had a role in John Mackey's marriage |
The marriage of 47 years woven by John and Sylvia Mackey might not have even begun if not for the literal contributions of Ernie Davis.

Poliquin: John Mackey, the son of a Long Island preacher, brought glory to the tight end position |
"When I got to Syracuse," Mackey recalled over a Minneapolis breakfast some years ago, "the coaches told me I could be a second-string running back or a first-string tight end. I took one look at Ernie and became a tight end."

Former Syracuse tight end Chris Gedney on the legacy of John Mackey (podcast) |
Chris Gedney, a former Orange tight end who is now a senior associate athletic director and broadcaster at SU, joined me "On the Block" on The Score 1260 on Thursday to discuss the legacy of John Mackey.

Remembering John Mackey -
As the Hall of Fame safety Larry Wilson told NFL Films in 1985: "John Mackey was a guy you would like to forget. He was too big to play the position he played." The veteran safety Richie Petitbon agreed: "He was the strongest runner I’ve ever had to tackle. He could turn a 2-yard look-in into an 80-yard touchdown." (NFL Films "John Mackey", 1985)

John Mackey Dies at 69 - Helped Revolutionize N.F.L. -
"Previous to John, tight ends were big strong guys like Ditka and Kramer who would block and catch short passes over the middle," Don Shula, the Colts’ Hall of Fame coach of the 1960s, told The Baltimore Sun. "Mackey gave us a tight end who weighed 230, ran a 4.6 and could catch the bomb. It was a weapon other teams didn’t have."

Pro Football Hall of Famer and 1st NFLPA president John Mackey dies at 69 - National Sports |
My friend John was a pioneer, not only on the football field where he revolutionized the role of the tight end, but in his everyday life. John was the first president of the NFLPA. He also was the first African-American at any United States university to break the color barrier when he was inducted into the all-White Sigma Alpha Epsilon Fraternity, a moment, which John always considered among his favorite memories.

Syracuse great John Mackey and wife, Sylvia, paid a heavy price for football glory |
A simple game of catch is able to jog what’s left of his memory and connect him to a past largely erased by Frontal Temporal Dementia, a hideous and progressive mind-robbing disease. The 69-year-old Mackey no longer talks, no longer can feed himself, no longer remembers the name of the guy wearing the No. 88 Colts jersey in the huge photograph hanging in his room.

Mackey made impact beyond field - Times Union
"John Mackey is still our leader. As the president of the NFLPA, he led the fight for fairness with a brilliance and with ferocious drive," union executive director DeMaurice Smith said. "His passion continues to define our organization and inspire our players. His unwavering loyalty to our mission and his exemplary courage will never be forgotten."

Remembering John Mackey - West Virginia University Mountaineers - MSNsportsNET.Com
"They beat the crap out of us," he laughed. "Syracuse back then was hot. That’s when they had Csonka and they were rolling. Syracuse was just so much better than we were back then."

Fun with Numbers in College Basketball - Offensive Rating and Usage Rate (Continued)
I also like Dion Waiters of Syracuse, but there are so many talented guards and wing players on the Orange that his role isn’t likely to increase significantly.

Dakari Johnson, top Class of 2014 basketball prospect, says Syracuse 'recruiting me the hardest' |
"I would say Syracuse is recruiting me the hardest right now," he said. "We talk a lot on the phone each and every week. They produce a lot of big men and that’s appealing," he said. "Just the careers that they had, if you go down the list of players that they produce they were really successful pros so that’s very appealing to me."

NBA Lockout: Undrafted Free Agents Going To Europe Before NBA Players Take The Jobs - Ridiculous Upside
Rick Jackson will join Chorale de Roanne in France after spending the last four seasons as a pretty solid cog in the Syracuse system. Jackson won't be the only rookie on Ricky Davis's last team, however, as Boston University's John Holland was also added to Chorale's roster.

Big East Football vs. the AQ Conferences in 2011 - Best Case, Worst Case, and Reality - Big East Coast Bias
In 15 non-conference games against other AQ conference teams, the Big East went just 3-12. The league's best non-conference win over an AQ team was West Virginia's early season win over Maryland.

Syracuse’s Football Recruiting Haul Puts It Near Top of Big East : Orange Fizz – Free Syracuse Recruiting News, Sports Rumors, Podcasts
Following a bowl victory last season, the Orange is past the point where we need to throw a parade after signing a three-star recruit. But being only two seasons removed from the Groobers Error, SU is not quite to point where we can expect it to sign nationally touted recruits.