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Syracuse's Rob Long recovering well

Some good news from Syracuse, where senior punter Rob Long is recovering after successful surgery to remove a benign brain tumor.

Long was diagnosed with the tumor on Dec. 2 after complaining for weeks about headaches and discomfort. He had surgery on Tuesday in Philadelphia.

Long is resting now, but his goal is to stand on the sidelines with his teammates at the Dec. 30 New Era Pinstripe Bowl against Kansas State. The second-team All-Big East punter sent an open letter to his supporters this week. Here is part of it:

To my supporters, friends, and family you have kept my spirits high through this difficult process. The vast amount of support and encouraging words that I have received over the past two weeks has been nothing short of inspirational. I would like to thank those across the college football community who have extended their thoughts and prayers toward my family and I, as it is greatly appreciated.

The outreach of support from the Syracuse community and my hometown has been extremely positive and uplifting. It is truly amazing to experience the compassion and encouragement from so many individuals, many whom I never met. This experience has given me a new perspective on what is truly important and that we all must cherish the opportunities that we are given in life.