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Former All-American Tight End Has Died

Three Arizona Cardinals helmets sitting on the field.

BALTIMORE, MD - OCTOBER 30: Helmets belonging to the Arizona Cardinals sit on the turf before the start of the Cardinals game against the Baltimore Ravens at M&T Bank Stadium on October 30, 2011 in Baltimore, Maryland. (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)

Chris Gedney, a former All-American tight end at Syracuse, died on Friday. The school announced the tragic passing moments ago.

Gedney starred at Syracuse from 1988-1992, playing during one of the best stretches in program history. He was a consensus first-team All-American in 1992.

During his college career, he caught 91 passes for 1,334 yards and seven touchdowns. He had five scores as a senior.

He was a third round pick by the Chicago Bears in 1993. He played seven seasons for the Bears and Arizona Cardinals.

Gedney caught 83 passes in 73 career NFL games for 914 yards and eight touchdowns. In 2000, he was a finalist for the league's Man of the Year award.

After his retirement from football, Gedney went back to his alma mater. He most recently served as assistant athletics director for major gifts at Syracuse University, a role he was promoted to in 2011.

He also had a career as a broadcaster. He served as an analyst for Arizona Cardinals games before being hired at Syracuse. While working at SU, he called Syracuse football games on radio.

Syracuse put out a statement about Chris Gedney this evening.

Athletic director John Wildhack sent out this release. Via Syracuse.com:

"We are shocked and deeply saddened by the passing of Chris Gedney," Syracuse athletic director John Wildhack said in a statement. "Chris was a wonderful co-worker, a friend to all and deeply loyal to Syracuse University and our community. A Syracuse graduate, Chris was a decorated football student-athlete, who served as a mentor to many who followed him. Our thoughts and prayers are with the Gedney family during this difficult time."

Gedney was 47 years old. Our thoughts go out to Gedney's family, and the entire Syracuse community.