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Teammates, coaches to honor Nash in 2015 season

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The parking lot at Victorious Believers Ministry in Buena Vista looked like a Chippewa reunion.

"Today was hard though," Shafer Johnson said.

But instead the occasion is much more somber; players are remembering their former teammate Derrick Nash.

"He wasn't known as the cancer kid. He was another baller,” Johnson said.

CMU teammate Johnson says despite battling the fight of his life, Nash remained strong until the very end.

"You know every day he was doing his thing you could never tell he was sick," Johnson said.

While many tears were shed today teammate and roommate Shakir Carr says Nash wouldn't want anyone to be sad.

"Everybody should have comfort in their heart and know that he's doing better up there with God," Carr said.

But it’s not just the CMU players who've come out to remember the 20-year-old's life, it’s the coaches too.

Mose Rison, CMU assistant football coach said, "We were really proud to have him be a part of our program at Central Michigan."

Rison helped recruit Nash from Carrolton. He said he was one of the hardest working players he’s known.

"The two years he had at central were two outstanding years,” Rison said. “And I'm proud to have known Derrick Nash."

That pride will live on this upcoming football season. CMU plans to honor Nash by having the most admired players wear his number twenty-one.

"We're going to be passing around his jersey to different people that deserve to wear it throughout the year, so I think that's a good way of you know remembering him," Carr said.

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