Former Syracuse football star Chris Gedney found dead

Chris Gedney played six NFL seasons three with the Arizona Cardinals after starring at Syracuse University

Chris Gedney, the Liverpool High School and Syracuse University football star who later served as a broadcaster on SU football games, passed away on Friday at age 47.

The cause of Gedney's death was not released. He then became Senior Associate Athletics Director at SU and was part of the Orange's football broadcasts.

Gedney was drafted in the third-round by the Chicago Bears in 1993, playing in 28 games for Chicago over the course of four seasons.

Married and a father of four, Gedney came back to Central New York in 2007 and took a job in SU's athletic department, ultimately promoted to senior associate athletic director for major gifts, which involved fund-raising.

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A consensus All-American for the Orangemen in 1992 who returned to work for his alma mater, Gedney set program records for receptions by a tight end in a season (34 in 1992) and career (91).

Gedney played seven years in the NFL. Battling injuries during his time with the Bears, he caught 28 passes for 207 yards and three touchdowns. He became a pregame and postgame host for broadcasts of Arizona home games before moving back to NY and becoming a color analyst for Syracuse football.

He was a football analyst on XTRA Sports 910 Radio for Arizona Cardinal broadcasts and the Insight.com Bowl, was a pre- and post-game host for Cardinals home game broadcasts and was a guest NFL analyst on the Arizona Fox Sports Network.

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