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Connette back with Blue Devils after family scare

Posted December 30, 2013
Updated December 31, 2013

— Duke will meet Texas A&M in the Chic-fil-A Bowl this week, but it has been far from the best month on record for Blue Devils quarterback Brandon Connette.

While he has been hard to stop on the field in a record-setting season for the Blue Devils, Connette has been away from the field in recent weeks. He missed a majority of the team’s bowl practices to be home with his family after his mother underwent brain surgery in early December.

“It’s always tough when you have a family member dealing with an illness. Especially when it’s your mom,” Connette said.

Brandon’s mother, Nancy, had complications with her mid-December brain surgery to remove a tumor that resulted in a stroke and many tense moments.

“It was a long waiting period for us,” Connette said. “It’s tough to wait in a situation like that, but you have to have patience.”

Nancy Connette’s condition is now stable. Brandon is now back with the team in Atlanta after missing two weeks and is ready to get back on the field.

“They kept in touch with me and kept me up to date with what was going on in practice,” Connette said of his Blue Devils team.

“I called him, told him how practice went and told him funny things like ‘one of our walk-ons got knocked down’ or something silly like that,” said teammate and fellow quarterback Anthony Boone.

The Duke football team rallied around Connette, even packing his bags for him when he had to fly directly to Atlanta to join the squad.

“He’s just come right back to work,” Said head coach David Cutcliffe. “I gave Brandon the option of staying in California or coming, whatever he felt like he needed to do. His dad and him talked and both thought ‘this is where Nancy would want him to be.’”

Brandon conceded that the only reason he is in Atlanta for the bowl game is that his mother is well enough to watch the game.

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  • Wags Dec 31, 11:49 a.m.

    "Brandon conceded that the only reason he is in Atlanta for the bowl game is that his mother is weel enough to watch the game."

    I'm glad that she is weel enough to watch the game.

  • vt94hokies Dec 31, 11:32 a.m.

    Wishing his mom the very best. Connette is obviously a strong young man. Go Duke.

  • Gunnstigator Dec 31, 11:05 a.m.

    Glad that Mrs. Connette is doing better and will be able to watch her son play, even if it's from a hospital bed. Wishing the Connette family all the best. This is a lot for a young man to face, but it looks like Brandon handled it with a lot of maturity.

  • Got Peart Dec 31, 10:07 a.m.

    That's the best Christmas gift he and his family could have received. Glad to hear she's recovering, and he's able to enjoy this experience with his teammates.

  • DurhamDevil Dec 31, 8:32 a.m.

    Good luck to the Connette family.

    It is my guess that seeing Brandon on the field will contribute much to the healing process for his proud mother.

  • iron fist Dec 31, 7:09 a.m.

    Praying for this young man and his mother/family.

  • twodogsandus Dec 31, 1:54 a.m.

    I wish Brandon's mother the best. How anyone could even mention the game at a time like this shows how uncaring people can be. Go Duke.

  • bradford1959 Dec 30, 10:17 p.m.

    Glad to see his mom doing better.
    GO Duke

  • mike honcho Dec 30, 10:04 p.m.

    Thoughts and prayers for the Connette family, thats a tough thing for such a young man to have to endure.

  • Jack + Coke Dec 30, 9:24 p.m.

    Wishing his mom a speedy recovery!
    And I hope he gets sacked 15 times in a 75 point BEATING to A&M!

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