Former Gophers Offensive Lineman Dies at 22

Nick Connelly Photo: University of Minnesota
Nick Connelly

September 20, 2018 02:55 PM

The University of Minnesota is mourning the loss of former offensive tackle Nick Connelly who died Wednesday at age 22 after a battle with Burkitt's lymphoma, a rare and aggressive form of non-Hodgkin's lymphoma.

In a release, the school said the Red Wing High School graduate was a member of the football team from 2015-17. He redshirted in 2015, but played in 14 career games over the next two seasons. He started the first five games in 2017 before concussions forced him to give up the sport.

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"We are devastated to learn of the passing of Nick Connelly," Minnesota head coach P.J. Fleck said in a statement contained in the release. 

"He was an amazing young man who took exceptional pride in playing for his hometown Gophers and loved wearing the maroon and gold. Nick's family and friends are in our thoughts and we will honor him this Saturday at Maryland."

Connelly was an AP All-State first-team pick in high school and was named the Big 9 Conference lineman of the year.


 

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