Former Bison football players step up, help their own

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FARGO, N.D. (Valley News Live) - Former Bison football players gathered Saturday at Herd and Horns in North Fargo to support one of their own.

The Bison Football Players Association hosted a fundraiser/watch party for the North Dakota State game at Youngstown State Saturday.

The fundraiser was in support of former Bison football player Jeff McKinnon.

McKinnon was diagnosed with cancer in 2018 and after a battle, his doctors declared him cancer-free earlier this year.

However, in September, Jeff went back to the doctor with serious pain in his rib cage. His doctors confirmed the Multiple Myeloma had returned in his chest.

"He's just a quite warrior, he has been since he was in college and we all just love him to death," fellow former teammate Sean Fredricks said of McKinnon. "To see this, to see everyone come out for a guy like that has been pretty unbelievable."

McKinnon is already undergoing intense chemo therapy as he has taken up his battle once again.

The BFPA was formed by former players looking to help their former teammates and their families through the good and the bad in life. They also provide support, networking and encouragement for former football players from any year at NDSU.

"You know we do this for a lot of different people," former NDSU player Chase Morlock said of the BFPA. "We try to help out as best we can and just get the word out to all of our former brothers. Cause it really is a true team and a family and we're trying to help each other out."

If you would like to help McKinnon, you can find more information and a link to support him and his family on his Caring Bridge page: https://www.caringbridge.org/visit/jeffmckinnon/journal#