With football season around the corner, it makes the loss of Luke Gonsioroski all the more devastating. The Texas Tech quarterback lost his battle with cancer late on Monday, succumbing to the disease after a months of fighting, chemotherapy, and surgery.
Gosnioroski made national headlines in June of 2016 when he had an eight-pound tumor removed from his chest. He appeared to be cancer free, and was throwing a football again within a month.
However, when doctors discovered spots on his liver and spleen, they realized the cancer had come back.
The 6-foot-2, 195-pound athlete was Class B all-state quarterback who led his high school team into the playoffs. The Texas Tech Red Raiders issued him the opportunity to join the program as a preferred walk-on.
On Tuesday, Red Raiders coach Kliff Kingsbury offered his thoughts and condolences via an official statement.
— Will McKay (@Will_R_McKay) August 8, 2017
Gonsioroski was only taking the beginning steps towards becoming a man before being taken by one of the most confounding diseases in medicine today. A 4.0 student, and by all accounts well-mannered and well-liked by his teammates and friends, Gonsioroski was an inspiration to all that heard his story.
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