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Syracuse football legend Chris Gedney passes away at 47

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The Syracuse Orange family lost a valuable member of the community on Friday with the passing of Chris Gedney. The Liverpool native was an All-American tight end for the Orange as he helped Syracuse to four bowl appearances during his career. He left as the all-time leader among tight ends for receptions and yards in a season and career receptions.

Gedney might best be remembered on the field for his reception on the final play against Miami in 1992. While he was tackled short of the goal line on the play, the game remains one of the best ones played in the Carrier Dome.

Gedney went on to play for the Chicago Bears and Arizona Cardinals for seven years. He returned to Syracuse and went back to work for Syracuse Athletics in 2008. It was at that point where I got to meet and work with Chris. For all of his accolades on the football field, I think he’ll be remembered mostly for the person he was off the field.

He was passionate about his family and Syracuse. He always had time for student-athletes past, present and future and watching him interact with them you could see the way they responded to him. Chris was the kind of person you want at an institution because he wasn’t selling people on something that he himself wasn’t personally invested in. What you heard from Chris was from the heart and that’s something I think people who knew him well are going to repeat as the Syracuse community mourns his passing.

Our condolences to Chris’ family and friends. His loss will be certainly felt in the Syracuse community.