Syracuse's Rex Culpepper Named Third Nominee for 2018 Capital One Orange Bowl-FWAA Courage Award
Syracuse’s Rex Culpepper is this week’s nominee for the 2018 Capital One Orange Bowl-FWAA Courage Award. Culpepper, a redshirt sophomore, had been diagnosed with testicular cancer in the spring and was declared cancer-free in June.
“At times it was harder than anything else I’ve faced in my life, but even when things were at their worst, there was never a doubt in my mind that I’d eventually get back here one day, and I will take nothing for granted going forward,” Culpepper wrote in August in The Players’ Tribune.
Culpepper, a redshirt sophomore quarterback, was diagnosed in March after spring break and endured four one-week rounds of chemotherapy treatments throughout the spring in both Syracuse and his hometown of Tampa, Fla. He made an appearance in the Orange’s spring game in April, throwing a touchdown pass, and he was declared cancer-free on June 1. He returned to the program for summer workouts shortly afterward.
The 6-foot-3, 221-pound Culpepper appeared in all 12 games last season and made one start, completing 45 of 75 passes for the season for 518 yards with two touchdowns, while rushing for 54 yards. Syracuse is off to a 4-0 start this season for the first time since 1991.
The Courage Award was first presented by the Football Writers Association of America (FWAA) in 2002. A select group of writers from the FWAA vote on the winner each year. The requirements for nomination include displaying courage on or off the field, including overcoming an injury or physical handicap, preventing a disaster or living through hardship. The winner of the award will be included in festivities during Capital One Orange Bowl week and receive his trophy at an on-field presentation.
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