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Former NFL tight end passes away at the age of 47

“All American” tight end Chris Gedney passed away at the age of 47 on Mar. 9, 2018.

Gedney’s death was announced by his home college, Syracuse University in New York, where he did commentary for the school’s football games and was also the senior associate athletic director. The school said the cause of death was undisclosed.

Gedney played seven seasons in the NFL, but his career was ended by a broken leg among other injuries.

Gedney played 28 games over four seasons with the Chicago Bears. During his time with the Bears, he caught 28 passes for 307 yards and three touchdowns.

Gedney spent three seasons with the Arizona Cardinals, where he appeared in 45 games and caught 55 passes for 607 yards and five touchdowns.

Gedney started his broadcasting career in 1996 working as a radio analyst for college and pro games before he moved back to Syracuse and he became a radio analyst there. This was where he was promoted to senior associate athletic director in 2011, according to USA Today.

"Chris was a wonderful co-worker, a friend to all and deeply loyal to Syracuse University and our community," Syracuse athletic director John Wildhack told USA Today.