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Former Syracuse Football Player Parker Cantey Passes Away at 28

A sad year already in terms of former Orange dying before their time just got sadder.

Sad news today as Syracuse.com is reporting that former Syracuse Orange football player Parker Cantey has died at the age of 28.

Cantey was found unconscious by the mother of his 2-year-old daughter in her Brooklyn residence. An autopsy report is pending.

"I came home from school and called his name and he wouldn't get up," said Lisa Albritton, 44, of Brooklyn. "I went to shake his arms and legs and he was cold. His whole body was cold. His eyes were open."

Cantey had been working in security and as a substitute teacher.

Cantey came to the Orange in 2006 where he was rated the 28th-best outside linebacker in the country by ESPN.com. During his high school career he scored 28 touchdowns, recorded 123 tackles, and garnered 25 sacks. After redshirting his freshman year, Cantey saw action in eleven games in 2007, even starting two at the WLB spot. His best game came against UConn, when he had four solo tackles and nine total.

Despite being penciled in as a starter, Cantey left the program after Doug Marrone took over as part of a big player purge.

It's been a sad year for former SU players dying too soon. In January, LB Luke Cain passed away at the age of 33 and OL Bill O'Donnell died at the age of 38.

R.I.P., Parker.