Ex-Florida State Football Star Marcus Outzen Dies!

Ex-Florida State Football Star Marcus Outzen Dies
Ex-Florida State Football Star Marcus Outzen Dies

Let’s take a moment to honor the life of Marcus Outzen, the former Florida State football star, who has passed away after bravely battling a rare immune disorder. His journey touched the hearts of many, from his days on the field to his fight against this challenging illness.

Join us as we explore the story of this remarkable athlete, diving deep into his legacy and the impact he leaves behind.

Ex-Florida State Football Star Marcus Outzen Dies

According to the Tallahassee Democrat and several media outlets, former Florida State quarterback Marcus Outzen, who started in the first BCS national championship game against Tennessee in 1999, passed away on Tuesday in Tampa.

Outzen was forty-six years old. The Democrat claimed that Outzen had hemophagocytic lymphohistiocytosis, a rare immunological deficiency. Known as the “Rooster” because of his fiery personality and red hair, Outzen served mostly as a backup throughout his tenure in Tallahassee.

Late in the 1998 campaign, he took Chris Weinke’s spot as an injured starter when the eventual Heisman Trophy winner suffered a neck injury.

Ex-Florida State Football Star Marcus Outzen Dies
Ex-Florida State Football Star Marcus Outzen Dies

After making irregular starts against Wake Forest and Florida, Outzen helped the Seminoles win both games and advance to the Fiesta Bowl, the first national championship game in the history of the Bowl Championship Series. The Volunteers defeated the Seminoles by 23-16.

The National Library of Medicine describes “hemophagocytic lymphohistiocytosis (HLH)” as a serious and inflammatory condition that can affect people of all ages, from newborns to adults.

It’s a disorder where the immune system goes haywire, causing dangerous inflammation and problems with multiple organs in the body. Sadly, Outzen was diagnosed with HLH last year, marking the start of his challenging battle.

Throughout his career, Outzen passed for 1,074 yards, five touchdowns, and six interceptions. He added four touchdowns and 142 yards of rushing.

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