Remembering former SU standout Chris Gedney

SYRACUSE, N.Y. (WSYR-TV) - Sports fan are saying goodbye to a football star who made his way from Liverpool schools to the Pro's. Chris Gedney died unexpectedly Friday.

He was known for record-setting games as a tight-end at Syracuse University, and later played for the Bears and Cardinals. Gedney eventually came home, to work for SU. He was a regular face on Orange Nation.

"He wanted Syracuse to be great and I think he showed that in everything he did. Professionally, and even in his personal life and around town. I think people knew he was an "orange bleeder" for sure," said Matt Park, the voice of SU athletics.

Former SU coach Paul Pasqualoni also shared his condolences saying,

"This is a very sad day for the Syracuse football family. My thoughts and prayers go out to Chris' wife, Seely, his children, his family and the entire Syracuse community.

"Chris Gedney was without question one of the finest players I ever had the opportunity to coach, but more importantly one of the finest people.

"He was among the most highly-recruited athletes in the northeast coming out of Liverpool, N.Y., yet he chose to stay close to home and attend Syracuse. He contributed as much to the revival of Syracuse football during that era as anyone, and I will always remember Chris as one of the best players I ever coached. He was an exceptional young man."

Gedney leaves behind a wife and four children.

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