Thomas More player dies
Thomas More linebacker Chuck Ogbogu passed away early Friday, March 21. The preliminary autopsy report, according to the New York Daily News, was that he died of cardiac arrest. He was 26.
A native of Tarrytown, N.Y., Ogbogu played at Archbishop Stepinac High School where he played alongside his brother Eric, now a member of the Cincinnati Bengals, for one season. He was named All-League, All-State, was the New York State Player of the Year and won the High School Heisman Award. As a senior, he totaled over 2,200 yards rushing and had 28 touchdowns.
After a season in community college on Long Island and several years off, Ogbogu began the 2001 season as a tailback at Thomas More before being moved to linebacker midway through the season. He totaled eight carries for 44 yards as a sophomore and made one assisted tackle. Ogbogu started the first game of 2002 against Muskingum at outside linebacker, making two solo tackles in the Saints' 25-6 victory. He played in four games last season, totaling three tackles, including one for loss.
"It inspiring as to how many people he has touched within the college community, not just football players but the entire campus," said head coach Dean Paul. "He demonstrated the ideal that we want all of our student-athletes to possess and that is to have balance both on the field and off."
There will be a memorial service for Ogbogu on Thursday, March 27 at 5:00 p.m. on the Thomas More campus.