Frank Chamberlain, the former Tennessee Titans linebacker, died at the age of 35 on November 17 after bravely battling brain cancer for a year, reports ESPN.
Here’s what you need to know:
1. He’s Remembered Mostly For His Time With the Titans
Chamberlain was drafted by the Titans in 2000. He played 43 games in Tennessee before leaving 2002. He went on to play for the Bengals and Texans. In total he played 57 games in the NFL. The Tennessean reports that he was drafted the same years as fellow linebackers Keith Bulluck and Peter Sirmon.
2. He Was a Boston College Legend
He was a native of Mahwah, New Jersey. Chamberlain was college star at Boson College where he won the prestigious Scanlan Award, the highest honor a football player at BC can receive.
3. He Battled Brain Cancer For a Year
A website, FightforFrank.org, had been set up by his family to help pay for his treatment. In 2012, Chamberlain had brain surgery where doctors removed a large portion of a tumor. Since then, he had suffered seizures and dealt with impaired motor speech problems. Danielle Stephens, who was a high school friend of Frank Chamberlain, told NorthJersey.com in December 2012:
The awareness to get Frank’s story out there has been a team effort from many of Frank and Lisa’s friends and family.
4. He’s Survived by His Young Family
He is survived by his wife, Lisa, and three daughters, twins, Leah and Brooke, 3, and Michaela, 6. The family had been living together in Wyckoff, New Jersey. In late 2012, Lisa Chamberlain’s parents took care of the children while Chamberlain and his wife went to Germany to seek further treatment for his illness, reports NorthJersey.com. Today the website carries this heartbreaking message:
5. One Former Teammate Tweeted a Heartbreaking Message
RIP to my former teammate & even better friend Frank Chamberlin. If anyone fought hard he did for sure…
— keith bulluck (@kbull53) November 18, 2013