Skip to main content

ACC QB Diagnosed With Cancer Gives Big Update On Status

A closeup of a Syracuse Football uniform with a patch that says Mac.

SYRACUSE, NY - September 01: Syracuse Orange uniforms are marked with a patch honoring late coach Dick MacPherson for the game against the Central Connecticut State Blue Devils on September 1, 2017 at The Carrier Dome in Syracuse, New York. (Photo by Brett Carlsen/Getty Images)

Late last week, Syracuse quarterback Rex Culpepper announced that he had been diagnosed with testicular cancer. It's very unfortunate news, but he's attacking it head on.

The diagnosis takes Culpepper away from the SU football team during spring practice. However, he will be back in Central New York soon.

Today, Culpepper gave an update on his treatment. He is finishing up his first round of chemotherapy down in his native Tampa today.

On Monday, he plans to be back at Syracuse. From

Rex Culpepper finishes his first five-day round of chemotherapy on Friday and plans to return to Syracuse on Monday, his father, Brad Culpepper, said.

The Syracuse football quarterback will have 16 days off before his next round of chemo -- the second of four 25-hour sets -- with an end date set at June 1.


Looking ahead, Culpepper plans to alternate chemotherapy cycles at Moffitt Cancer Center in Tampa, Fla., his hometown, and an undisclosed New York hospital. That way he can keep up with his academics and spend as much time with the SU football program as possible.

The cancer spread to Culpepper's abdomen. Luckily, it is treatable, and it seems like he is responding to treatment well.

Rex Culpepper played as a reserve for the Orange last season, his redshirt freshman year.

He appeared in all 12 games, primarily on special teams, and played quarterback in four. Culpepper started in Syracuse's game against Boston College, after injury sidelined starter Eric Dungey.

On the year, he completed 45-of-75 passes for 518 yards with two touchdowns and three interceptions. In the start vs. Boston College, Culpepper was 24-of-34 for 280 yards, two scores, and one interception.

Our thoughts continue to go out to Culpepper and his family during his treatment. His handling of the situation has been very uplifting.