When Syracuse quarterback Rex Culpepper was diagnosed with cancer earlier this offseason, people would have been happy to forgive him if football took a back seat. However, for Culpepper, football was often the motivation as he battled through chemotherapy, so it should come as no surprise that he had a football analogy for beating the disease.
“Walking down the hallway and seeing all the nurses that have been with me for so many hours and gone through so much with me,” Culpepper said, according to TigerNet.com’s Tony Crumpton. “Seeing me walk out of there and ring that bell, I can’t even put it into words. The closest thing I can say is it felt like beating Clemson.
“You just feel so incredibly accomplished and so ecstatic that nothing in your life could ever go wrong. That was the closest thing that I could compare it to.”
Culpepper was declared cancer-free recently after undergoing chemo for testicular cancer. He was a backup for the Orange last season when they upset No. 2 Clemson 27-24.
Clemson will get its rematch with Syracuse on Sept. 29, but one face the Tigers won’t be upset to see is Culpepper’s. He has been cleared to compete in camp this summer and hopes to win back his spot on the depth chart and even challenge for starting reps.