Nick Connelly, a Red Wing native, started the first 5 games of the 2017 season before suffering a concussion that forced him give up football. But it was in June of 2018 when Connelly learned he had Burkitt’s lymphoma, a rare form of non-Hodgkin lymphoma. On Wednesday evening, Nick Connelly died from Burkitt’s.
Chuck Connelly, Nick’s father posted this announcement to Twitter last night.
On Wednesday Sept. 19, 2018 Heaven needed a right tackle and Nick Connelly got the call. @Ncconnelly917 pic.twitter.com/sWnEf5XPTp— chuck connelly (@chucker210) September 20, 2018
Connelly had a promising career going before the concussion ended it, but if only that were the most tragic part of this story. Losing a 22-year old son, brother, teammate, friend is incredibly sad. Best wishes to the Connelly family in this difficult time.