UPDATE: The Daily Orange, Syracuse University's famous student-run newspaper, featured a touching piece about Chris Sawyer in today's edition. It comes as no surprise that Chris influenced so many people in so many different ways in his brief, yet notable life.
Chris Sawyer, a 2004 graduate of Syracuse University, lost his battle with cancer yesterday and passed away.
During his residency at the university, Sawyer prowled the Carrier Dome sidelines, lending his substantial personality to the school's mascot -- Otto the Orange. Following his time on The Hill, Sawyer spent some time plying his trade as mascot to the Brockton Rox, an independent baseball team located in Brockton, Massachusetts.
During my time as an undergraduate I had the good fortune of getting to know Chris. Though our interactions were limited to football and basketball jaunts (as well as various social occasions), it was hard not to recognize how affable and open Chris was as a person. His interaction with fans of all makes and sizes was terrific, and outside the guise of Otto, his true-life personality was just as marked.
The authors of this notebook extend our condolences to Chris' family and friends. Should any information become available regarding donations made in Chris' honor, it will be posted here.