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'Cuse punter Long shows no sign of tumor

Posted on: March 29, 2011 11:11 am
 
Posted by Jerry Hinnen

From the department of news that goes far beyond "good" comes this bulletin: the brain tumor afflicting former Syracuse punter Rob Long (which kept him out of his expected career finale in the Pinstripe Bowl) is entirely gone, as the Syracuse Post-Standard reports:
An MRI taken Friday of Long’s brain shows no more signs of a tumor.

Unlike three months ago, when [Long] and his family learned that a tumor removed from his brain had cancerous cells in it, this news was cause for relief and celebration.

“It was pretty wild,” Long said of his meeting with neurosurgeon Dr. David Andrews and other doctors at the center, which is part of the Thomas Jefferson University Hospital complex. “He basically put up a side-by-side of Friday’s MRI versus the MRI from before my surgery, and it was pretty unbelievable.”

“On one hand you could see the tumor, and on the other hand it just looked like a normal brain."

Though Long will continue to be monitored for any sign of the disease, the news at this point is nothing but positive.

In fact, it's so positive that Long -- a four-year starter at punter for the Orange and a universally respected team captain and leader -- is back in training for a possible tryout with an NFL team. And after Long so thoroughly kicked that tumor's [rear end], who's going to doubt him?

Comments

Since: Nov 25, 2009
Posted on: March 30, 2011 12:59 pm
 

'Cuse punter Long shows no sign of tumor

jonvi, thanks for giving KoolBell the due props on starting the thread. But, I do appreciate your kind words for me. If my memory serves me, I believe Rob started out kicking in Manley Field House, and as you said, kept hitting the ceiling. Thus the move to the Dome. He is such an unassuming, humble young man. I look forward to a healthy, promising future ahead for him.



Since: Nov 17, 2008
Posted on: March 30, 2011 8:58 am
 

'Cuse punter Long shows no sign of tumor

I remember hearing this story during their bowl game.  What fantastic news!  With all the crap going on in the world it is great to see a story like this.  Hopefully he can work his way on to a team in the NFL and live a long life.




Since: May 13, 2010
Posted on: March 30, 2011 5:59 am
 

'Cuse punter Long shows no sign of tumor

Oops...I thought phee started it.  Koolbell...good stuff. 



Since: May 13, 2010
Posted on: March 30, 2011 5:59 am
 

'Cuse punter Long shows no sign of tumor

How's his punting though?

When the scouts were in Syracuse, I forget where he what indoor facility they were using....it wasn't the Dome...but Rob kept hitting the ceiling.  So they had to move Rob to the Dome to allow him the space to punt.

I took that to mean he still had some leg...only a couple of months removed from surgery. 

Phee....as always...Great thread. 



Since: Nov 25, 2009
Posted on: March 30, 2011 12:54 am
 

'Cuse punter Long shows no sign of tumor

Wow! What wonderful, uplifting news for Rob and his family! We SU faithful thank you for four great years you gave to the Orange. Continued best health, Rob. With your "Stay Positive" attitude, the best is yet to come!



Since: Dec 11, 2007
Posted on: March 29, 2011 11:26 am
 

'Cuse punter Long shows no sign of tumor

If he can beat a brain tumor then this kid can do anything. How's his punting though?



Since: Feb 8, 2009
Posted on: March 29, 2011 11:25 am
 

'Cuse punter Long shows no sign of tumor

Fantastic news! A miracle. God is wonderful.


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