Riley Dixon

Senior day was commemorated by the Syracuse football team on November 27, 2010, before their regular season finale game against Boston College. Punter Rob Long had already decided that the upcoming spring’s NFL draft would be his last at the Carrier Dome.

It took less than a week after the game for Long to get news that would change the course of his life: he had been rejected by the NFL. He has a rare kind of brain cancer and doctors have given him three years to live.

Although he “came home to a box full of letters, cards, and everything else” every day, he “went to bed every night unsure of whether or not he would wake up the next morning.” “I can’t think of anything more terrible, frightened, or lonely than that.”

Long has since defied expectations. Almost 12 years later, Long and two other ex-Syracuse special teamers are expanding their efforts to aid others with rare disorders.

Riley Dixon, punter for the Los Angeles Rams, and Sam Rodgers, long punter for Syracuse University and a former team captain, were instrumental in bringing an Uplifting Athletes chapter to the school in 2013. Every year, the Orange’s offense and defense square off in a weight-lifting competition for a good cause at the organization’s main event, Lift for Life.

The everyday work might make you “forget about these things in life,” as Dixon put it. “Being able to identify these rare diseases, learn about them, and raise money for them was kind of an eye-opening situation for me,” he said.

Dixon continued Long’s legacy as a punter with NFL hopes at Syracuse. When Dixon left Syracuse after his senior year, the Denver Broncos picked him up in the seventh round of the 2016 NFL Draft.

In their regular season finale on November 27, 2010, versus Boston College, the Syracuse football team honored their graduating seniors with a special day. Punter Rob Long had already decided that the upcoming spring’s NFL draft would be his last at the Carrier Dome.

Riley Dixon

It took less than a week after the game for Long to get news that would change the course of his life: he had been rejected by the NFL. He has a rare kind of brain cancer and doctors have given him three years to live.

Although he “came home to a box full of letters, cards, and everything else” every day, he “went to bed every night unsure of whether or not he would wake up the next morning.” “I can’t think of anything more terrible, frightened, or lonely than that.”

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Long has since defied expectations. Almost 12 years later, Long and two other ex-Syracuse special teamers are expanding their efforts to aid others with rare disorders.

Riley Dixon, punter for the Los Angeles Rams, and Sam Rodgers, long punter for Syracuse University and a former team captain, were instrumental in bringing an Uplifting Athletes chapter to the school in 2013. Every year, the Orange’s offense and defense square off in a weight-lifting competition for a good cause at the organization’s main event, Lift for Life.

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The everyday work might make you “forget about these things in life,” as Dixon put it. “Being able to identify these rare diseases, learn about them, and raise money for them was kind of an eye-opening situation for me,” he said.

Dixon continued Long’s legacy as a punter with NFL hopes at Syracuse. When Dixon left Syracuse after his senior year, the Denver Broncos picked him up in the seventh round of the 2016 NFL Draft.

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