This is so devastating. Carson Bird, a former football player for the Air Force Academy in Colorado, is dead at just 31 years old. He sadly succumbed to his battle with bone cancer on Nov. 26.
Carson Bird, 31, just could not fight his bone cancer any longer. Just over a year after being diagnosed with chondrosarcoma in Sept. 2015, the college football star died with his wife, Brittany, by his side in Marshall, Michigan, according to the Colorado Gazette.
“He doesn’t want us to cry for him, but that’s so hard,” Brittany said told the paper. “He doesn’t want us to remember him when his vessel (his body) was breaking down. He wants us to remember him in all his glory.”
Carson was a star defensive player on the Air Force football team when he was a senior in 2007, helping lead the team to an impressive 9-4 record after a tough few seasons. He first began experiencing pain in his hip in Aug. 2014, but was not diagnosed with the rare form of bone cancer until nearly a year later. Throughout his battle with the illness, the 31-year-old remained optimistic and determined, even after having his leg amputated.
“This is a challenge and I’m going to meet it head-on, and if my purpose is to beat it and teach other people how to do that, then I will try,” he said after being diagnosed. “If it is to go now with my head held high and be thankful for what I have had in my life, then I will do that.”
Carson made his last post on social media just days before his death, remembering a special moment with his Air Force “brothers.” “One of the greatest days of my life,” he wrote. “Wearing those gold sashes, giving president Bush a pound, and tossing those hats up during the fly over. All that work was well worth it. Wouldn’t change a thing, brothers!”
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