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NC State to honor teammate Roseboro's father, who passed away Saturday

Posted October 11

— Outside of teammates and coaches, few people know what's truly happening in a player's life outside of sports. That was certainly the case for NC State junior Darian Roseboro in the past week.

Thursday night Roseboro played for the now-No. 20 Wolfpack (5-1, 3-0 ACC) as the team beat Louisville, recording a tackle for a loss, but was a distracted football player because of what his father was going through.

Late Saturday afternoon, the Lincolnton, NC native tweeted that his father was on life support. About three hours later, Darian posted this update: "I lost my rock and I lost a God fearing man. I love you dad. RIP Coach. Watch over me."

Johnny Roseboro died at the age of 43.

On Sunday, Darian posted on Twitter that he will play this Saturday at Pittsburgh saying, "One thing my father taught me is to fight through adversity."

"I sent him a text message that said 'Just stay strong,' strong for his family," safety Shawn Bone said. "Us here, we'll do everything we have to do for him to make sure we keep him strong so he can just come out and help us win games continuously and do it for his father."

Darian will dedicate the game at Heinz Field to his father and the team will remember Johnny Roseboro with stickers on its helmets, with his initials "J.R." on them.

​"Darian and his dad were very, very tight," NC State defensive coordinator Dave Huxtable said. "I feel very, very bad for Darian, I love that guy as we all do. We've all got to be there for him, we're a family, to give him support and his family support."

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