was a Warrior in every sense of the word.
Mark came to the Warrior family as a 16 year old. He played in the Junior Varsity program and stood out right away. Mark was huge in comparison to the other players, but it was his quietness, politeness and attitude that you really noticed. Mark was quiet but a tremendous competitor. He worked very hard in the class room, gym and the football field over the next couple years and earned a scholarship to Bucknell University in Pennsylvania.
Mark was known as the gentle giant everywhere he went. People were attracted to him because he was genuine. Mark came across as being very laid back but still waters run deep!! He was a competitor!! He was taken from us too early. But he was doing the thing he loved...playing football!! Mark was taken from us on April 9th 2005 by the smallest of things - a virus that attacked his heart.
Gone but not forgotten and always in our hearts. Mark is an example of living your life to the fullest - chase your dream, work hard and leave no regrets.
Mark is watching over us all.
Varsity Head Coach
Wednesday, April 13, 2005
Mark Oppong: In Memoriam
NFL Canada and the CFL would like to express their deepest sympathies to the family and teammates of Bucknell University freshman defensive tackle Mark Oppong, who passed away on Saturday, April 9th from a viral infection.
Mark Oppong, a Mississauga native, was a three-time regional all-star as a defensive lineman at Meadowvale Secondary School in Mississauga. He was a Toronto All-Star and a Greater Toronto Area Top 50 Player before making the squad at Bucknell University in Pennsylvania. At 6"4", 295 pounds, he was considered a promising prospect, although knee injuries limited his play during his rookie season.
We mourn the loss of an up and coming Canadian football star known to his teammates as the 'gentle giant.' According to his coach, Tim Landis, "he was very well-liked, and he was easy to get to know. He was just a really friendly guy, and that attracted people to him."
Our thoughts are with Mark's parents Doris and Alex and his brothers Dennis and Eddie.