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Former College Football All-American Killed In Line Of Duty During Job As State Trooper

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SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - AUGUST 27: A general view is seen during the College Football Sydney Cup match between Stanford University (Stanford Cardinal) and Rice University (Rice Owls) at Allianz Stadium on August 27, 2017 in Sydney, Australia. (Photo by Mark Kolbe/Getty Images)

Former Alfred Football All-American linebacker Nick Clark was tragically killed this week. The 29-year old New York State trooper was responding to a call at around 3:30 a.m. on Monday.

Clark responded to a 911 call about a suicidal man in the early morning. That man, 43-year old Steven Kiley, is the suspect in Clark's death.

According to WHAM in Rochester, New York, Kiley was found dead in his home from an apparent gunshot wound.

Clark was a two-time All-American for the Division III Saxons. He graduated from the school in 2011.

From the Empire 8 Conference's article on Nick Clark's tragic death:

"The entire Alfred University community is reeling from the news that Nicholas Clark '11 was killed early this morning in the line of duty as a New York State trooper. This tragedy touches us in so many ways," said Alfred University President Mark Zupan. "Nick was a wonderful young man, highly regarded for his community spirit, great heart, and unquestionable skills as a football player. Whenever the Saxons got into a tough situation on the football field, the coaches sent in Nick Clark to get the job done.

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"Nick is one of the all-time greats that has ever worn the Purple & Gold and did so in a way that left a legacy that will never be forgotten," Director of Athletics Paul Vecchio said. "Our heartfelt prayers and supportive thoughts go out to his family, including his mother, Theresa Gunn, an Alfred University professor and currently the Faculty Athletic Representative for the Division of Athletics. Nick's passion was to serve others, and this led him to his position as an NYS Trooper. His passing underscores the incredible sacrifices and risks that these brave men and women make every day to keep our communities safe."

On top of his All-American status, Clark was a three-time All-Empire 8 player. He was also two-time Defensive Player in the Year in the conference, a first in the league's history.

After his graduation, Clark was invited to Buffalo Bills mini-camp. He graduated from the police academy in 2015, four years after his college career came to a close.

Our thoughts go out to the Clark family, and the entire Alfred University community.

[WHAM]