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Frank Chamberlin's Passing Saddens Athletics Family

Nov. 18, 2013

The Boston College Athletics family is saddened by the passing of former linebacker and Scanlan Award winner Frank Chamberlin, who lost his battle with cancer Sunday at the age of 35.

"Our thoughts and prayers are with Frank's family," Coach Steve Addazio said. "He was one of those great people, one of those great teammates. He had a great passion for Boston College. We were really saddened to hear of his passing."

A native of Mahwah, N.J., Chamberlin came to BC as a high school All-Stater and found himself in the Eagle lineup from opening day. Eventually he became a starter, earned All-Big East honors and won BC's Scanlan Award (highest honor on the football team) his senior season for scholarship, leadership and athletic ability.

In BC football circles, Chamberlin is perhaps best known for his performance in a 25-24 victory over Syracuse in 1999 that secured an all-important sixth win and marked a turning point for BC football. Chamberlin had a career day, notching 24 tackles, 1½ sacks and a pass interception that led to a score. The most remembered of those 24 tackles came late in the game; on 4th-and-13 at the BC 47-yard-line, Unable to find an open receiver, Syracuse quarterback Madei Williams took off down the right side of the field only to be tripped up by Chamberlin inches from a first down. Chamberlin's teammates erupted in celebration, knowing the Eagles had secured bowl eligibility for the first time in five years. The bowl trip that year was the first in a string of a school-record 12 consecutive for the Eagles.

Butch Palaza, a captain of that 1999 team, called Chamberlin "the kind of guy you wish your kids would grow up to be like. If you know the guy," Palaza said, "the first thing that comes to mind is just a tough son of a gun. He was passionate about the game, passionate about his family, passionate about life."

Chamberlin went on to play for six seasons in the NFL before becoming a New York equities trader. He is survived by his wife and high school sweetheart, Lisa, three daughters, Micaela and twins Leah and Brooke, and many other family members, friends and teammates. The Van Emburgh-Sneider-Pernice Funeral Home in Ramsey, N.J, is handling the arrangements, which include visitation from 1-4 p.m. and 6-9 p.m. Wednesday and a Funeral Mass Thursday at 10 a.m.

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