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Central Michigan DB Derrick Nash passes away after battle with leukemia

Central Michigan defensive back Derrick Nash passed away on Monday after a two year battle with leukemia.

“This is a very difficult loss for our football program and entire Chippewa Athletic Program,” said CMU Director of Athletics Dave Heeke. “Derrick was an inspiration to us all and the fight he showed will never be forgotten. The incredible courage he exhibited in never allowing this terrible disease to dampen his positive outlook on life, is a tremendous representation of the type of man he was. Our thoughts and prayers are with Derrick’s family and friends during this difficult time.”

Nash was first-team all-state in high school as a running back from Saginaw, Michigan. He signed with CMU in 2013 before being diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukemia later that spring. Nash went through chemotherapy and was able to join the Chippewas for spring practice in 2014 and was on track to make the roster before it was discovered that his leukemia had returned.

“Derrick fought a great fight and he will never be forgotten,” CMU head coach John Bonamego said. “I know everyone can learn a lot from the way he lived his life and the passion and enthusiasm he showed even during the tough times. We will do whatever we need to do to help his family get through this difficult time.

“I never got to coach Derrick on the football field, but I am proud to have been his coach the last few months. He is one of the toughest young men I have ever known and the determination and resolve he showed is how we will always remember him.”

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Our thoughts and prayers go out to Nash’s family, friends, and the Central Michigan program. Nash was 20.

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