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Remembering Syracuse’s Walter Reyes

RIP to one of the best running backs to ever play at SU.

Reyes runs against Miami Photo by Rick Stewart/Getty Images

The Syracuse Orange football family suffered another loss this weekend with the passing of Walter Reyes. The 36-year old Reyes passed away on Sunday evening in his home state of Ohio.

We know that Syracuse has a long and storied tradition at the running back position and Reyes holds the No. 2 spot on the all-time career rushing list for the Orange. His greatest game came in 2003 against the Notre Dame Fighting Irish, when he scored five touchdowns in a 38-12 win. Reyes scored 46 career touchdowns for Syracuse -- with all but one coming in his final three seasons. His 45 career rushing touchdowns are 10 ahead of Floyd Little. Walter’s career numbers certainly show what a talented college football player he was during his Syracuse tenure.

As news spread of Reyes’ passing, teammates expressed their condolences and from the responses you could sense that Walter made a big impression on them for his actions off the field.

I worked with Walter for a period of time and I found him to be an upbeat and engaging man who had fond memories of his time with Syracuse. His legacy on the football field only tells part of his story, but for many of us those memories of him running down the field will be a way to keep his memory alive for future Orange generations

It’s a shame when good people are taken too soon and we send our condolences to Walter’s family. A GoFundMe has been established by the family to help with funeral costs.

Rest in Peace, Walter.