Heartfelt essay. Well done.
I'm 52. Class of '88. I was working at home this afternoon and happened to see the news on Dudek. Guy is my size (well, I was 20 lbs. lighter in college, but same height.) I can't fathom playing Big Ten football at that size, let alone achieving what he did. Anyway, I read the news and, like Robert, instantly felt sick to my stomach.
What a tremendous young man. The only silver lining in this is that the adversity he has overcome these past ~ four years, and the character he has displayed and developed during that time, will serve him well in life. He will do great things because he is already a wise, strong young man who clearly has his priorities in order.
My best wishes to him.