Sunday, June 3, 2007

Langsdorf gives more than a little

Fomer All-American Linfield Quarterback Danny Langsdorf (1994-1995) now the current Offensive Coordinator at Oregon State might have just saved a life this week. Danny donated one of his kidney to the wife of his offenisve line coach, Mike Cavanugh at Oregon Health & Science University Hospital this past Tuesday (May 29th).

Mrs. Cavanugh has been a suffer of autosomal dominant polycystic kidney disease which has caused her kidneys to swell to twice their normal size. Danny was one of 18 people that were tested to see if they were a match and sure enough Danny was a match.

“When you work as closely as a coaching staff does, you develop some really deep and solid friendships -- I guess you could say this is the ultimate in friendship,” husband Mike Cavanaugh said.

For me this story really hits home. During 1994, my freshman year at Linfield, Danny had just transfered from Boise State to compete for the starting quarterback job. Back in those days I was still posing as a quarterback and had the pleasure of spending my first two years as a 'Cat observing and learning from Danny. There was never a doubt that Danny was going to be a success in the coaching ranks. He has an uncanny grasp for the offensive game and is a hell of a competitor. However, all of the success Danny has had on the field as a player and coach can't hold a candle to the gift of life Danny has provided to someone he's just known for three years.

An incredible story about an incredible former Wildcat football player.

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