The quarterback for Syracuse has endured a public and difficult journey since his diagnosis of a rare form of cancer in 2018. Rex overcame a difficult diagnosis, surgery, 100 hours of chemotherapy and a position change before creating a memorable moment during the 2020 season.

During his grind to stay involved in football, Rex continued to inspire patients in Central New York and beyond with his incredible commitment. His story returned to national prominence in September 2020 in a game against Pitt when he threw his first touchdown pass since his diagnosis. Culpepper’s celebration following his 69-yard bomb to Taj Harris was full of emotion and joy not very often seen. The clip went viral and so did his comeback story.

Rex ended up playing 10 games for the Orange at quarterback as a redshirt senior in 2020 with five starts. He threw for more than 1,000 yards with nine touchdowns.