Our Heartfelt condolences and Prayers

go out to the family of Former Clemson(83-86) Football Player Robbie Chapman. Robbie died suddenly of a heart attack last night. Personally I did not know Mr. Chapman. But had the privilege of chatting back and forth on the West Zone Message board of TigerIllustrated.com (clemson’s rivals website). Robbie and a lot of ex- players post on the board, we chatted on more than one occasion on all things Clemson. He was known by Rchap62 on the site.. Please extend your hearts and prayers towards his family. Clemson will miss you dearly…

Whenever former Clemson football coach Danny Ford came to Spartanburg for a speaking engagement, there was regularly a large and familiar presence in the room.

Former Broome and Clemson football player Robby Chapman’s 6-foot-7 frame was hard to miss, but Ford would always take time to joyfully point out his former center.

Friday afternoon, the normally talkative Ford was at a loss for words in describing Chapman, who died Thursday at the age of 43 after a brief illness.

“I was just so devastated hearing the news,” Ford said. “I hadn’t had the chance to speak with him in about a year, but most every time I went and spoke somewhere close, he would come and we’d sit down and share some stories.

“Just a good boy, that’s really all you can say. I’m so terribly sad for his whole family. I know he had kids and it’s just so sad, especially at this time of year. My thoughts and condolences go out to the family. He was just a real quality person.”

Chapman leaves behind a wife and young son and daughter.

He played in the 1982 Shrine Bowl and was named all-state in football as a senior and was all-conference in track in throwing events. He helped lead Broome to a 21-5 record his last two seasons, including the 1981 Upper State Championship.

He played at Clemson from 1983-87 under Ford, redshirting his first season.

“He was a quality person who came from a great family and was just a model student-athlete,” Ford said. “He never got in any trouble, never caused any problems and worked hard. He kept his nose clean, did his schoolwork and was just a very good person.”

Chapman was active in the local sports scene as a member of the Spartanburg Touchdown Club and his gregarious nature and gift of gab prompted ESPN 1400 AM to approach him about an on-air position talking sports.

“He used to call the (Open Mic Daily) show all the time,” said 1400 general manager Mark Hauser, who became friends with Chapman.

When the station had an opening about a year ago, “one of the guys we approached was Robby because he was a very level-headed guy, a former player with great expertise who follows recruiting. He decided not to, but it would have been fun.

“His passing is just shocking and my heart just goes out to his wife and kids.”

Visitation will be Sunday, 12/21 from 2:00 until 3:45 at Cannons Campground UMC in Spartanburg, SC

The funeral service will follow at 4:00 PM


One Response to “Our Heartfelt condolences and Prayers”

  1. warpedmind24x7 Says:

    May he find peace with the paw in the sky, and my condolences to his family, friends, and teammates.

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