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Syracuse punter Rob Long to have tumor removed

Posted on: December 6, 2010 5:18 pm
Edited on: December 6, 2010 5:20 pm
Posted by Jerry Hinnen

In a college football season that's already seen Eric LeGrand paralyzed at Rutgers and Mississippi State defensive end Nick Bell pass away at age 20 after battling cancer, maybe we should be thankful the terrible news today regarding Syracuse punter Rob Long isn't worse already:
[Long] will not participate in the 2010 New Era Pinstripe Bowl due to surgery to remove a benign brain tumor. Long notified the Syracuse University sports medicine staff that he had been experiencing headaches for the past several weeks. An MRI performed on December 2, 2010 revealed the benign tumor that will require imminent surgery.
Long will, obviously, miss the practices leading up to the bowl as well, and as a senior, his Orange career has come to an end. One of the many shames in this situation is that he will not be able to participate in what would have been the only bowl game of his and his fellow Syracuse seniors' careers. And however badly he'll be missed on the punting unit -- at 43.3 yards an attempt, he will go down ranked second in school history in punting average -- his absence will be felt even moreso in the locker room, where Long is a captain, popular teammate, and longtime 'Cuse fan favorite. (Syracuse blogger Sean Keeley writes that there's "probably some truth " to the idea that Long has been the team's MVP over the past few years.)

But clearly nothing football-related matters a bit next to a full recovery for Long from his upcoming surgery. The College Football Blog 's thoughts go with him as we wish him the speediest recovery possible.


Since: Oct 7, 2011
Posted on: October 19, 2011 9:49 am

Syracuse punter Rob Long to have tumor removed

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Since: May 13, 2010
Posted on: December 7, 2010 9:40 am

Syracuse punter Rob Long to have tumor removed

Good Luck Rob.  I will send prayers your way my man. 

Since: Nov 25, 2009
Posted on: December 7, 2010 12:03 am

Syracuse punter Rob Long to have tumor removed

I am so sorry to hear this news about Rob Long. This fine young man has been a tremendous asset to the Orange. May his surgery go well, and may he have a complete recovery. Please let's keep him in our thoughts and prayers.

Since: Dec 6, 2010
Posted on: December 6, 2010 7:39 pm

Syracuse punter Rob Long to have tumor removed

Poor guy!  I had a tumor removed from my spine and the recovery was hellish to say the least.  He is an outstanding player and can put this behind him after surgery and then the pors will be waiting for one of the best punters in the country.  Big blow for Orange morale but they will prove they can rally around Rob!  Go 'Cuse!!!!

Since: Aug 19, 2006
Posted on: December 6, 2010 6:19 pm

Syracuse punter Rob Long to have tumor removed

I hope Rob Long can get through this bout ok.  He is a great punter and asset to the team, and I hope that he has a successful surgery and a speedy recovery.

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