Once upon a time, you knew former Syracuse Orange punter Rob Long for a Heisman campaign that we still stand behind. But since then, he’s been fighting a much different battle.
In 2010, Long was diagnosed with grade III anaplastic astrocytoma, a rare form of brain cancer. Eight years later, he’s one of just 15 percent of those diagnosed who’s alive longer than five years afterward.
Long’s story in that time is not just one of overcoming a rare disease, but one of trying to give back since. He wrote for Philly.com today about his work with Uplifting Athletes, where he’s the director of rare disease engagement. The organization has an annual event at SU, Lift for Life. This weekend, they’ll be at Philadelphia’s Lincoln Financial Field rewarding $60,000 in medical grants.
While we wish Rob could’ve pursued his NFL dream, it’s cool to see him making an impact like this. Looking forward to your continued health and success, Rob. And good luck continuing to help those suffering from rare disease diagnoses.
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Brain cancer derailed this NFL prospect’s dreams. Now he has a new mission. (Philadelphia Inquirer)
As an executive at Uplifting Athletes, a nonprofit devoted to applying the power of sport to inspire those with rare diseases, I try to live my life to honor my incredible fortune. It’s certainly not easy living with the knowledge that my cancer may not remain dormant, but I accept the challenge and understand that each day I am blessed just to be here.
Clemson practically ran away with the conference title last season, which leads to the question of whether anyone else has a chance this season. Miami led the Coastal Division last season and is the front-runner to win it again, but Virginia Tech has some momentum under third-year coach Justin Fuente.
“I don’t know about how extreme it is everywhere else because I only know how we do it here,” Babers said before declining to talk about the cultures at the 14 other programs that previously employed him. ”The big thing about our program is all that stuff is controlled by the medical people. We don’t have workouts without medical people. If someone says, ‘They can’t go,’ they can’t go. It’s not a coach’s decision, not a strength coach’s decision. It’s a medical decision.”
Reigning ACC Champion Wake Forest was picked as the Atlantic Division favorite, receiving 64 points and eight first-place votes. Clemson received four first-place votes for the division and was picked second with 60 points. Louisville was picked third with 53 points, followed by NC State (31), Syracuse (29) and Boston College (15).
The team’s starting quarterback was named Tuesday to the watch list for the Unitas Golden Arm Award, presented annually to the nation’s top college quarterback. Candidates must be a senior or fourth-year junior on schedule to graduate, and the award recognizes a player’s character, citizenship, academic achievement and leadership qualities, among his on-field success.
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