Former Utah Football Player Greg Newman Has Passed Away, Family Raising Funds To Study CTE

May 23, 2024, 10:03 AM | Updated: May 24, 2024, 11:41 am

SALT LAKE CITY – Former Utah football standout defensive lineman Greg Newman has passed away according to a GoFundMe put out by his family.

News of Newman’s passing began to trickle out on Sunday, May 19 from former teammates who were made aware of what had happened.

Newman was just 38 years old.

The talented defensive lineman played both tackle and defensive end for the Utes from 2005-2008 and was a key part of Utah’s undefeated 2008 season, 2009 Sugar Bowl victory over the Alabama Crimson Tide, and No. 2 Final AP Poll ranking.

Proceeds from the GoFundMe will be donated to the CTE (Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy) Center at Boston University. Additionally, Newman’s family noted they will be donating Greg’s brain to the UNITE Brain Bank to be studied in an effort to help other football players with CTE in the future.

A Statement From Greg Newman’s Family

“We absolutely love football. We love the game, the players, the coaches and we loved that Greg was so good at it and passionate about it. Greg loved football. Our hearts go out to the program at the U, the coaches, and Greg’s teammates. They are not responsible for anything. They are outstanding people who we love dearly and were positive influences and mentors for Greg. They changed all of our lives for the better. We want to make clear we love and appreciate all those in the football program. Our goal for CTE research is to help others. Somewhere out there, someone else is going through the same thing or is about to. Let’s get them some help. Let’s get people around them informed and equipped with support to deal with it.”

With Parting Breath We’ll Sing That Song: A Utah Man Am I

Newman came to Utah in 2005 after redshirting at Colorado in 2004 but had to sit the year due to the NCAA Transfer rules at the time.

In 2006 Newman played in all 13 of Utah’s games as a backup at defensive end. He recorded 11 total tackles, two tackles for a loss and one fumble recovery that year.

That production was good enough to earn Newman a scholarship after spending his first two seasons with the Utes as a walk-on.

Newman once again played in all 13 of Utah’s games in 2007 while adding four starts to his resume (two were spent at right end, the other two at tackle). Newman was good for 12 total tackles, two tackles for a loss and one sack.


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2008 is where Newman really shined for the Utes starting all 13 games at tackle as Utah marched methodically to a perfect season. Newman ended the year as an honorable mention All-MWC tackle while racking up 50 total tackles, 9.5 tackles for loss, two fumble recoveries, two pass breakups and a “big man” interception.

In one of Utah’s most infamous games in program history, the 2009 Sugar Bowl against vaunted Alabama, Newman recorded four total tackles and sacked Crimson Tide quarterback John Parker Wilson once.


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The 2008 Utah football team recently gathered together last fall to celebrate the 15th anniversary of the Sugar Bowl as the team was inducted into the Crimson Club Hall of Fame.

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Former Utah Football Player Greg Newman Has Passed Away, Family Raising Funds To Study CTE