Funeral services set for Finnerty

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Funeral arrangements are set for Cullen Finnerty, former Laker football quarterback.

Visitation will be Monday, June 3, from 1-8 p.m. and the funeral will be Tuesday, June 4, at 11 a.m. at St. Mary Magdalen Parish, 2201 S. Old US Highway 23, Brighton, MI 48114.
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The Grand Valley community is saddened to learn of the death of former Laker quarterback Cullen Finnerty.  He was reported missing Sunday night by his family following a fishing trip near Baldwin. Many current and former Laker football players and coaches joined in the search for Finnerty on Tuesday.

“All our thoughts and prayers go out to Cullen’s family,” President Thomas J. Haas said. “I’ll always remember the victory embrace we shared on the field after the national championship game in Alabama his senior year. You can tell by the outpouring of support, and now grief, just how much this young man means to the Grand Valley community.”

Athletic Director Tim Selgo said: “All of us associated with GVSU Athletics are saddened by the death of Cullen Finnerty. Cullen embodied the term competitive spirit and led Grand Valley football to tremendous success. We appreciate the outpouring of support from everyone, and want to thank all who assisted with the search efforts, especially our current and former GVSU football players. Our thoughts and prayers are with Cullen’s family and loved ones.”

Former Laker football players, including Curt Anes, Brad Iciek, Blake Smolen and Bill Brechin, shared their memories of Finnerty, saying his legacy will last forever at Grand Valley.

Some of the remarks are available under the video tab at the top of this story.

Anes said Cullen loved life (audio).

Anes said Cullen's legacy will last a lifetime at Grand Valley (audio).

Anes said he remembers meeting Cullen (audio).

Iciek said he learned everything from Cullen (audio).

Iciek said many players dropped everything to join the search for Cullen (audio).

Smolen said Cullen threw him his first touchdown pass (audio).

Smolen said Cullen is one of the greatest players ever (audio).

Smolen said Cullen is a legend (audio).

Smolen said Cullen was his mentor (audio).

Brechin said Cullen was a great person outside of his football fame (audio).

Brechin said people were attracted to Cullen's personality (audio).

Brechin said their relationship with Cullen was above football (audio).

Also see www.gvsulakers.com for more on this story.

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