My son plays slot receiver and is definitely not the tallest or strongest out there and has really looked up to Mike for all he has done and given. It is such a shame to see his career end this way. I just hope my son can be half the player he was for the short time he was able to be. We are all very proud of you and are glad you were in the orange and blue. I hope nothing but success for you in the next phase of your life.
What a beautiful tribute by Scott Van Pelt on ESPN. He said what all of us are saying and thinking. This really sucks. We, Illini Nation, wish nothing but the best for Mikey (and his parents, too) because he (and they) deserve it. #IlliniForLife
I agree 100% with this. Whatever Dudek plans to do next, give it one more shot, retire, etc. should Dudek give coaching a try I hope Lovie offers him an opportunity as a GA. (Not sure why he wouldn't) His attitude, personality, and other intangibles as a great human being would be an asset. Plus he would get to learn/study under some great minds.
Awesome for SVP to do that segment. This isn't a national story, but you can tell it was important to him to include it.
I think we can all relate to Mikey's situation. Life is rarely fair, but it's how you respond to adversity that matters. Luckily, we all know Mike has the determination to excel at whatever he decides to do after football. All the best young fella!
At a time when there are so many negative stories in sports and ESPN suffering through a long list of problems, it is so refreshing to see great, make that outstanding personal stories about Mike Dudek and a tip of the cap from Scott Van Pelt. Both are class individuals.
There’s really no perfect thing to say when something like this happens to yet again take away the opportunity to play the game someone loves ... but this young ,an has handled everything (good and bad) as best can be expected .... and he has taken full advantage of his free education (which far too many kids don’t do under similar circumstances) ... so I feel very good about his future moving forward ... God Bless .
So incredibly sad to hear. Though I know it's incredibly unlikely, I will keep my fingers crossed that Mikey can play football again. The kid is so talented and has such an awesome attitude; he deserved a much better set of luck.
As others have said, SVP's tribute was awesome, and I hope this really inspires the team to at least never, ever back down/give in this year.