Former Florida State record-setting All-American dies after battle with cancer

Florida State is mourning the loss of one of its own on Sunday. Monk Bonasorte, an All-American football player and longtime athletics administrator for the school, died Saturday night after a battle with brain cancer. He was 59.

"I am heartbroken to share the news that Monk has passed," FSU athletic director Stan Wilcox said Sunday. "Monk was a loyal, dependable giant of an athletics administrator who's hard work and dedication to Florida State and Florida State Athletics extended into the larger FSU and collegiate athletics communities. Monk was a devoted, highly-respected athletics staff member who was beloved by all who came to know him."

Bonasorte's son, T.J., contributed to the dedications with a note on Facebook.

"His battle with cancer ended after 1-plus year but I wouldn't consider it a lost battle," he wrote, according to the Orlando Sentinel. "Throughout this I got to learn more about Monk the hard worker, the leader, and the father. He loved everything about Florida State University, from the coaching staff, the administrators, to the players he treated them like family and made them feel at home. Thanks Dad for all of the memories we shared."

As a two-time All-American safety and four-year letter-winner (1977-80), Bonasorte set both the single-season and career school records for interceptions. His name is still No. 2 on the school's all-time picks list behind Terrell Buckley. Bonasorte was inducted to the school's hall of fame in 2005 and has worked with Florida State athletics since 2008.

"FSU may have lost one of its brightest stars," Wilcox added. "But the legacy that Monk leaves will endure in all of our hearts and minds forever."

Florida State running back Devonta Freeman offered his condolences in a Tweet on Sunday.

"RIP Monk," Freeman wrote. "You meant so much to FSU and I'm happy I had the pleasure of knowing you. Thank you for everything."

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