Former SUNY Cortland football player who went pro dies at age 45

R-Kal Truluck. (Photo provided).

Not too long ago, on November 29th, 2019, former SUNY Cortland and pro football player R-Kal Truluck passed away at the age of 45.

Truluck had been diagnosed with ALS (Lou Gehrig's Disease) Over the past year. According to the CDC, ALS "is a progressive disease that attacks the nerve cells that control voluntary movement." As of now, no one knows for sure what causes ALS and there is currently there is no cure for the disease.

Truluck was born in Brooklyn, and played college football at SUNY Cortland, as a defensive end and linebacker in which he started in 27 of his 35 career games. As a Red Dragon, he was named a two-time ECAC Upstate New York All-Star during both his junior and senior years, as he combined a for a total of 169 tackles, 15.5 sacks and, six blocked field goals in those two years.

After graduating from SUNY Cortland, Truluck played four seasons in the National Football League (NFL), as he played for the Kansas City Chiefs, Green Bay Packers and Arizona Cardinals. Before his NFL career however, he played at both the CFL (Canadian Football League) for the Saskatchewan Roughriders where he recorded 101 defensive tackles and 11 sacks.