You may remember the news last year that former Syracuse Orange tight end Chris Gedney passed away, but in the time since, we haven’t heard a lot about what happened that day, the issues he regularly dealt with, and of course, the family he’d leave behind.
Syracuse.com’s Nate Mink rectified that with a really in-depth and powerful profile which appeared on Wednesday. The article (an excellent read, by the way), discusses Gedney’s battles with colitis, depression, CTE, alcohol, opioids and the ultimate decision to end his life last March. But also importantly, it talks about the friends and family that he had an impact on as well, and who continue to miss him more than a year after his passing.
Whether you were around to watch Chris play for Syracuse or not, the entire story puts a needed light on the types of struggles people go through with regard to physical, mental and emotional health, and the uphill battle and courage it takes to ask for help.
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Gedney killed himself the way he did, friends and family say, because he believed something was wrong with his brain after taking thousands of hits during his football career. He joined a lawsuit against the NFL in 2012. His brain was shipped to Boston to be studied for chronic traumatic encephalopathy.
Top 100 College Football Players of 2019: Nos. 100–51 (Sports Illustrated)
100. Syracuse K Andre Szmyt: As is tradition, we kick off the list with ... a kicker. Szmyt joined the Orange in 2017 as a walk-on and two years later enters his redshirt sophomore season with the Lou Groza Award, All-America honors and a streak of 61 made PATs—in addition to a scholarship he was handed halfway through his first season of action last fall.
Chris McCullough, Boeheim’s Army (Syracuse alumni); On a team that features ex-NBA veterans Hakim Warrick and Jordan Crawford and ultra-competitive guard Eric Devendorf, the former first-round pick stands out above the rest. The forward’s talent didn’t shine through in The Association, but he averaged 15.7 points in three games in China and put up 16.1 points per game with the Long Island Nets back in 2016-17.
26. Kenneth Ruff, Syracuse, defensive tackle: The South Florida native is a former high school linebacker who is now one of the fastest 300-pounders in college football. He clocked a 4.78 40 at 308 pounds this season, according to the Syracuse strength staff. Ruff also bench pressed 415 and did 28 reps of 225 to go with a 595 squat. On the season in 2018, he had 19 tackles, 4.5 TFLs, two sacks and also ran back two kickoffs for 41 yards.
After watching Case throw twice in a span of three days last month, Syracuse moved him up its recruiting board. During an unofficial visit, he sat down for individual meetings with quarterbacks coach Kirk Martin, head coach Dino Babers and Roy Wittke, SU’s director of player development and a key voice in quarterback recruiting.
Syracuse football to hold Lift for Life on July 18 (Syracuse.com)
Marquette promotes Jake Presutti to assistant coach, Dan Madhavapallil to director of basketball operations (Milwaukee Journal Sentinel)
Wes Durham figures his tribute suits his father, the late Woody Durham (Greensboro News & Record)