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A Former Big 10 Football Player Has Died At 22

A general view of Minnesota's football field.

MINNEAPOLIS, MN - OCTOBER 11: A general view of TCF Bank Stadium during the game between the Minnesota Golden Gophers and the Northwestern Wildcats on October 11, 2014 in Minneapolis, Minnesota. (Photo by Hannah Foslien/Getty Images)

Tragic news out of the Big Ten this afternoon. Former Minnesota offensive tackle Nick Connelly has passed away at age 22 after a short battle with cancer.

Connelly was diagnosed with Burkitt's lymphoma in June. He passed away on Wednesday.

Connelly's father Chuck confirmed his son's death on Twitter today.

"On Wednesday, Sept. 19, 2018, Heaven needed a right tackle and Nick Connelly got the call,'' Chuck Connelly's wrote. "Nick was diagnosed with Burkitt's lymphoma in June 2018. Burkitt's is a very rare, aggressive cancer. Nick was winning the battle through aggressive chemotherapy until the cancer became resistant to all chemo regimens. Nick was a beautiful big strong young athlete with a very kind heart and a great smile.''

You can read Chuck Connelly's full statement below.

A native of Red Wing (Minn.) Connelly started five games for the Golden Gophers last season but retired from football after suffering a concussion in a game against Purdue. The concussion was his fifth as a player.

Our thoughts and prayers are with the entire Connelly family and the Minnesota football community. Losing a aon, brother, teammate and friend like this is beyond brutal.

Rest in peace, Nick.