Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on December 20, 2010 at 12:00 pm Comments Syracuse punter Rob Long will undergo further treatment for malignant brain tissue cells, he announced through a statement Tuesday. The announcement comes a week after Long underwent surgery to remove a benign brain tumor on Dec. 14.In a post-operation follow-up visit Monday, pathology performed on the tissue revealed that there were malignant cells remaining. Long will undergo further treatment after the New Year.‘This is obviously a difficult time for my family and me,’ Long wrote in the statement released by the Syracuse athletic department. ‘However, we remain optimistic and positive toward a favorable outcome to this situation. I believe that I am in the best hands with a team of Oncologists and together we will continue to fight and persevere through this until I am back to full health.’In the statement, the senior co-captain expressed his appreciation for the outpouring of prayers and support on his behalf.SU head coach Doug Marrone informed the rest of the team of the news Tuesday afternoon before speaking with the media.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text‘He has a whole football program, university (and) students behind him,’ Marrone said. ‘Our thoughts and prayers are with him and his family.’Marrone noted that Long will be with the team in New York next week, leading up to Syracuse’s matchup with Kansas State in the inaugural Pinstripe Bowl at Yankee Stadium on Dec. 30. Long will be with his team the entire time.For Marrone and the rest of Syracuse, the announcement was difficult to swallow. It came just five days after Long issued a statement of his recovery after a successful surgery in Philadelphia.‘It’s difficult because you just try to understand things,’ Marrone said. ‘I think we question that quite a bit in life. ‘Why is this happening to this person?’ ‘Why is this happening now?’ ‘Why does this happen?’‘He’s a remarkable person and he’ll fight this and we’ll overcome this together.’[email protected]
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The most famous surgery in baseball history is named after the patient who went under the knife, pitcher Tommy John. Among players, the more important name belonged to the doctor who performed the surgery.Dodgers team physician Frank Jobe replaced a fraying ligament in John’s left elbow on Sept. 25, 1974. Since then, hundreds of athletes have had their careers either prolonged or saved by the same surgical procedure.Jobe, who passed away Thursday morning at age 88 in Santa Monica, had the respect of his peers and patients — if not the household name to match his unparalleled reputation.“I thought about (calling it Frank Jobe surgery) too,” Jobe said in a 2012 interview with this publication, “but I think it works better as ‘Tommy John,’ don’t you? “When we’d do them in the office, we’d have a player come in and we’d start describing it to him as, well, ‘we’re taking a ligament and grafting it to this and . . . like what we did to Tommy John.’ So that’s when they knew what we meant. After a while, everyone was calling it that.”Jobe was part of the Dodgers organization for the final 50 years of his life. He joined the team and his mentor, Dr. Robert Kerlan, in 1964. In 1968 he succeeded Kerlan as the Dodgers’ team physician, a title he held until 2008. Jobe was a special advisor to the team chairman from 2008 until his death.“I was deeply saddened to learn of the loss of Dr. Frank Jobe, a great gentleman whose work in baseball revolutionized sports medicine,” MLB commissioner Bud Selig said in a statement. “Since 1974, his groundbreaking Tommy John surgery has revitalized countless careers, especially those of our pitchers. His wisdom elevated not only the Dodgers, the franchise he served proudly for a half-century, but all of our clubs. Dr. Jobe’s expertise, as well as his enthusiasm to mentor his peers, made the National Pastime stronger. On behalf of Major League Baseball, I extend my deepest condolences to Dr. Jobe’s family, friends, Dodger colleagues and the many admirers of his pioneering spirit throughout our game.”In 1990, Jobe performed a complicated surgery on Dodgers pitcher Orel Hershiser’s torn rotator cuff. Hershiser called the procedure a “miracle” at the time; he came back 13 months later and won another 105 games over his final 10 seasons.Hershiser presented Jobe with the game ball from his 100th career victory, his first after the surgery. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error “His reputation preceded his advice on the surgery,” Hershiser said in a 1999 interview with this publication. “He probably prescribed the most radical thing that could have happened to me and I didn’t second-guess it all. I didn’t want a second opinion, I didn’t need anybody else to tell me what was wrong with me and how to fix it.”Now a Dodgers broadcaster, Hershiser paid tribute to Jobe with a series of posts to his Twitter account Thursday night.“Dr. Jobe may have touched more wins and saves than anyone in baseball!!” Hershiser wrote. “Performed and trained countless surgeries and surgeons!”Jobe was born July 16, 1925 in Greensboro, N.C. He joined the Army at 18 years old after graduating high school. There, he developed an interest in medicine while working in a medical supply unit in the 101st Airborne Division during World War II. After the war, Jobe attended junior college in Tennessee. He decided to use the GI bill to go to college in Southern California, studying at the University of Loma Linda Medical School and doing a residency at Los Angeles County hospital, where he met Kerlan.In 1965, Kerlan and Jobe founded the sports medicine clinic that still bears their name. The clinic has served the Lakers, Angels, Kings, Ducks, USC, the PGA and the PGA seniors’ tour.Jobe rose to national prominence after John, one of the aces of the Dodgers’ 1974 pitching staff, ruptured the medial collateral ligament in his left elbow due to overuse. After two months of rest, John elected to have surgery.In the middle of what would become a three-hour procedure, Jobe determined that he had to improvise.“When I went to repair (the ligament),” he told Sports Illustrated in 1978, “because of the long years of wear, there was nothing left to repair. I had to look elsewhere for a substitute.”Jobe replaced John’s MCL with a ligament harvested from the palmaris longus tendon of John’s right wrist. The concept, previously used on hands and to reinforce joints in polio patients, had never been applied to pitchers or elbows.“Baseball lost a great man and Tommy John lost a great friend,” John said in a statement released by the Dodgers. “There are a lot of pitchers in baseball who should celebrate his life and what he did for the game of baseball. My deepest condolences and prayers go out to Beverly and the entire family. He’s going to be missed.”John, who had won 124 games prior to the operation, went on to pitch another 14 years, compiling 164 wins without ever missing a start due to elbow problems. Though he originally put John’s chances of returning to the majors at less than five percent, Jobe estimated that 92 to 95 percent of patients now return from the surgery.Several Dodgers players have had Tommy John surgery during their careers, including pitchers Brian Wilson and Chad Billingsley and outfielder Carl Crawford. On Monday, 24-year-old pitching prospect Ross Stripling was told he would need the procedure to prolong his career.“He was one of the pioneers and giants of the sports medicine business, and basically wrote the book on the field,” Lakers trainer Gary Vitti said in a statement released by the team. “Although he was primarily involved with baseball, his contributions carried over to many other sports. I had a great relationship with him, and appreciate him personally and for what he meant to me in my career in sports medicine.”Jobe was honored in Cooperstown, New York on July 27, 2013 as part of the Hall of Fame awards presentation for his development of Tommy John surgery. Colleagues at the Kerlan-Jobe clinic recently mounted a campaign to have Jobe formally enshrined in the Baseball Hall of Fame.“Frank Jobe is a Hall of Famer in every sense of the word,” Dodgers president Stan Kasten said in a statement released by the team. “His dedication and professionalism in not only helping the Dodgers, but athletes around the world is unparalleled. He was a medical giant and pioneer and many athletes in the past and the future can always thank Frank for finding a way to continue their careers.”After he stopped performing surgeries in his later years, Jobe continued to consult with patients and doctors at his eponymous clinic. He received the President’s Award at the Southern California Sports Broadcasters’ annual awards luncheon on Jan. 27. At their annual dinner in January 2012, Jobe was honored by the Professional Baseball Scouts Foundation with the Dave Winfield Humanitarian Award. Jobe was inducted by the Pasadena-based Baseball Reliquary into the Shrine of the Eternals on July 20, 2012. He was also inducted into the Professional Baseball Athletic Trainers Society Hall of Fame in the spring of 2012. The Dodgers honored Jobe twice during the 2004 season in honor of the 30th anniversary of the Tommy John surgery: on March 31, 2004 prior to a spring training game in Vero Beach, Fla., and again during the year at Dodger Stadium.Jobe told this publication in 1999 that he would prefer to be known for the series of exercises he developed to strengthen the arm and prevent injuries — but he recognized that is a lost cause. By 2012, he had lost count of how many Tommy John surgeries he’d performed.“It’s hard to know really how many you did,” he said. “After we started doing them, and found they could be successful, and the failure rate was fairly low, people all over the country started doing them — maybe one or two a week now.”Jobe is survived by his wife, Beverly, sons Christopher, Meredith, Cameron and Blair, and eight grandchildren.