Former Syracuse football star Rob Long Racing for Hope

Former Syracuse football star Rob Long calls into talk about his work for Race for Hope and his part in supporting research initiatives and information for brain tumor patients and their families. After being diagnosed with a brain tumor on Dec. 2. 2010, he is now cancer free. He race will be this Sunday, May 5, in Washington, DC. We also asked him about his thoughts on Syracuse and the NFL draft. Editor-in-chief Brad Bierman calls in to discuss SU lacrosse and the postseason.

Here are some highlights from the interview:

TJO: Rob, tell us more about the Race for Hope.

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Long called in to talk SU football and his work for charity

Rob Long: It’s a really great event. We’ve been doing it for three years now since I was diagnosed and we go down to DC, me and my family. We started “Team 47” and we’ve grown every year and we’re almost at 40 people. We’ve raised $5,000 this year and it call goes toward finding a cure toward brain tumors and brain cancer.

TJO: What are your predictions for the 2013 football season?

RL: I think Coach Shafer is going to do great. He’s done a great job of recruiting, especially with the transition in coaching staff. It’s always better when a coach leaves on his own accord, and when the coach is promoted. It means a lot for the program. It’s going in the right direction. I think we can get 8-9 wins this season and make an impact in the ACC.

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Rundown:

1. Intro
2. Former Syracuse football star and cancer survivor Rob Long calls in
3. Race for Hope
4. What he’s been up to since Syracuse
5. NFL draft talk
6. Thoughts on the state of Syracuse football
7. The Juice Online editor-in-chief Brad Bierman calls in
8. Syracuse lacrosse advances to the Big East Championship Finals
9. A look at the NCAA tournament
10. Closing Thoughts and Wrap Up

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Wes has worked for Rivals.com covering the New York Knicks, as well as for Scout.com covering Syracuse athletics. Wes has also worked for the South China Morning Post (Hong Kong) and reported on the NBA and MLB for the New York Sportscene. A native of Long Island, New York, Wes graduated from Syracuse University in 2005. Follow him on Twitter @ChengWes.
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