The Gator Nation received some heartbreaking news Sunday evening. Former Florida Gators’ Center Dwayne Schintzius passed away at the young age of 43, after battling with a rare form of leukemia for an extended period of time.
During his battles, Schintzius elected to have multiple bone marrow transplants, and at one point was even announced as cancer free.
He received the first transplant January 12, 2012 from his brother Travis. Earlier this year he went through his second transplant, however the procedure produced several complications.
According to Tampa Bay Online Schintzius “endured months of complications after receiving a second bone-marrow transplant from his younger brother, Travis, in November, died Sunday from respiratory failure at the Moffitt Cancer Center, his family said.”
Schintzius was a basketball star at Brandon High School, before joining the Gators on the college level. At 7′-7″ and weighing in at 275 lbs, Schintzius was a giant with a larger than life personality.
Lifelong Gator fans can point to Schintzius for putting Florida basketball on the map. During his Florida career from 1986-1990, he led the Gators to their first three NCAA Tournament appearances in program history.
Schintzius is the only player in SEC history with 1,000 points, 800 rebounds, 250 assists and 250 blocked shots.
From the Gator Nation, thank you for the memories, and RIP big guy.