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“UPLIFTING ATHLETES” – The Charity for Rare Diseases

February 9th, 2014 by Philly Pressbox | Comments Off on “UPLIFTING ATHLETES” – The Charity for Rare Diseases | Filed in College Sports, Football, Interviews

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In July 2013, as a result of a routine physical, it was determined that I had a 1″ cancerous tumor on my left kidney.  Two weeks later, August 13, I had surgery to remove the tumor.  When I woke up I learned that they had to remove my entire left kidney, my adrenal gland, my lymph node and a part of a rib. The tumor was imbedded and the cancer had started to spread. I had a 7″ incision being held together by 16 staples. Like any other person that has ever been told they have cancer it scares you to death. I started researching and reading everything I could about it.  I learned that kidney cancer is considered a “rare disease”because it affects fewer than 200,000 Americans. As a result, there’s little funding for research and few options for treatment.  It also doesn’t respond to chemotherapy and radiation so your choices are simple, you remove it or you don’t and take the chance it doesn’t spread.

During my research I came across an article about a man named Don Shirley.  Mr. Shirley’s life activities mirrored mine in many ways. He was a high school coach, as was I. He had no symptoms or family history of cancer, nor did I. Mr Shirley first encountered kidney cancer in 1993, before finally passing away when the cancer came back in 2005, at the age of 55, I would turn 55, one month after my surgery.  I also learned that Mr. Shirley had a son, Scott, that was a member of my favorite college football team, the Penn State Nittany Lions.  He had graduated in December 2004 from Penn State with a master’s degree in engineering. I had coached at the Penn State Summer Football Camps for 12 summers and was a season ticket holder.  I found the story of Scott Shirley very interesting as well, and needed to know more about him and the charity that he started called “Uplifting Athletes” that raises money for nearly 7000 rare diseases.

I found contact information and reached out to Scott. We’ve talked several times and communicate regularly through social media. The more we talked the more intrigued I became and the more I wanted to share his story. We recently sat down and did a question and answer session.

PHILLY PRESSBOX (PP): Can you tell us about yourself and your background?

SCOTT SHIRLEY (SS): I am a husband and father who helps college football student-athletes learn how to leverage the position they are in to help other by using their natural talents to the best of their ability. During my time at Penn State I was a wide receiver on the football team (1999-2003) and a catcher on the baseball team (2001). The degrees that I’ve earned include a BS in Engineering and Masters of Engineering from Penn State and I am an Executive Scholar from Northwestern’s Kellogg School of Management. Currently I serve as the Executive Director of Uplifting Athletes Inc and CEO of PledgePlatform LLC. Community involvement includes the Board of Directors for AmeriChoice Federal Credit Union and the Board of Governors for the Maxwell Football Club. In my free time I play semi-pro baseball for the Mechanicsburg Cardinals.

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Philly Pressbox Trivia – Penn State Football

July 24th, 2013 by Philly Pressbox | Comments Off on Philly Pressbox Trivia – Penn State Football | Filed in College Sports, Trivia

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In the 2003 NFL draft the Nittany Lions set a school record with 4 – 1st round draft picks. There were also 2 – 2nd round draft picks that same season. Can you name the 2 – 2nd rounders? As a bonus who were the 4 – 1st rounders and in what order were they drafted 1-4?

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Philly Pressbox Trivia – Penn State Football

July 17th, 2013 by Philly Pressbox | Comments Off on Philly Pressbox Trivia – Penn State Football | Filed in College Sports, Trivia

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I was the starting QB for the Nittany Lions for 2 seasons and the team captain for 1 of them. However, my NFL career consisted of 1 game, where 1 threw 1 pass and completed it for 8 yards. I also had 1 NFL carry and fumbled. Do you know who I am??

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Philly Pressbox Trivia – PENN STATE FOOTBALL

July 3rd, 2013 by Philly Pressbox | 1 Comment | Filed in College Sports

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Matt Bahr and Kerry Collins have the longest recorded NFL careers of any Penn State players with 17 seasons. There are 6 Nittany Lions that played 14 seasons which is next on the list. Can you name the 6, or any of the 6? HINT: The earliest career of the 6 started in 1968 and the latest career ended in 2009. As a bonus, 1 of them played all 14 seasons with the same team. Do you know which one and which team?

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Philly Pressbox Trivia – PENN STATE FOOTBALL

June 26th, 2013 by Philly Pressbox | Comments Off on Philly Pressbox Trivia – PENN STATE FOOTBALL | Filed in College Sports, Football

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Leading up to the 1974 NFL Draft, the 1973 Penn State team posted a 12-0 record including a 16-9 victory over LSU in the Orange Bowl. That team scored 447 points on offense while the outstanding defense allowed only 129 points. There were 10 Nittany Lions selected in the ’74 draft. Who was selected the highest?

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Philly Pressbox Trivia – PENN STATE FOOTBALL

June 19th, 2013 by Philly Pressbox | Comments Off on Philly Pressbox Trivia – PENN STATE FOOTBALL | Filed in College Sports, Football

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Everyone knows that John Cappelletti is the only Penn State player to win the Heisman Trophy, winning the award in 1973. The Nittany Lions have had 3 runner ups in the Heisman voting. Can you name the three? As a bonus, can you name the 3 players who won the award the year our guys finished second?

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Philly Pressbox Trivia – Penn State Football

June 12th, 2013 by Philly Pressbox | Comments Off on Philly Pressbox Trivia – Penn State Football | Filed in College Sports, Football

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There are only two Nittany Lions to play in 3 or more Super Bowls with 3 different teams and I am one of them. I played in 3 . I lost the first one, won the second and lost the third one. I played in the NFL for 10 seasons with 4 teams. Do you know who I am? As a bonus can you name the other guy? He won all 4 times.

 

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