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New Era Pinstripe Bowl: Long Will Require More Treatment

Syracuse senior punter and captain Rob Long updated fans on his fight with a brain tumor on Wednesday. Here's what Long had to say in a statement posted at

"To my friends and supporters:

On December 20, in a post-operation follow-up after the removal of a brain tumor, pathology performed on the tissue revealed that there were malignant cells remaining that will require further medical treatment.

This is obviously a difficult time for my family and me. However, we remain optimistic and positive toward a favorable outcome to this situation. I believe that I am in the best hands with a team of Oncologists and together we will continue to fight and persevere through this until I am back to full health. Thank you again for all of your prayers and support.

Sincerely, Rob Long

Go Orange!"

Long's status is being followed very closely in the Syracuse area as the SU faithful have been expressing their thoughts and support. Long thanked all of his supporters in a statement on Thursday.

"To my supporters, friends, and family you have kept my spirits high through this difficult process," wrote Long in a statement released on Thursday. "The vast amount of support and encouraging words that I have received over the past two weeks has been nothing short of inspirational..."

"...The outreach of support from the Syracuse community and my hometown has been extremely positive and uplifting. It is truly amazing to experience the compassion and encouragement from so many individuals, many whom I never met. This experience has given me a new perspective on what is truly important and that we all must cherish the opportunities that we are given in life."