Derrick Nash was a star running back at Carrollton High School, earning him All-State honors and a scholarship to play football at Central Michigan. He was diagnosed with leukemia in May of 2013 at the tail end of his senior year at Carrollton, but then-Central Michigan football head coach Dan Enos chose to honor Nash’s scholarship.
Nash sat out the 2013 season while battling the disease and was eventually given a clean bill of health, allowing him to be cleared to resume football activities for the 2014 season.
While redshirting during the 2014 season, Nash was re-diagnosed with leukemia. Nash re-entered the hospital in January of 2015. He passed away June 22, 2015.
The Derrick Nash Strong Foundation was set-up with the goal of paying bills for families of acute or chronically ill children. We are honored to play this years celebrity all star game to honor Derrick and help raise money for his foundation.