Former Kansas Football Captain Arnold Snell Passes
LAWRENCE, Kan. – Former Kansas football standout Arnold Snell passed away Saturday, Dec. 6, after a long battle with cancer. He was 49.
From the gridiron to his position of Deacon at Greater Pentecostal Temple in Kansas City, Snell exhibited qualities of a natural-born leader.
The 49-year old spent his days impacting the lives of those surrounding him, evident by his motivation to push his teammates to new heights as a captain of the Kansas football team under first-year head coach Glen Mason in 1988.
Snell played the game to win and encouraged those around him to do the same. That drive and determination led him to a successful career in a Jayhawk uniform where he was a three-time letterwinner (1986-88). The fullback rushed for 1,762 yards on 431 carries for eight touchdowns to rank him 15th all-time on the program’s career rushing list, while making him one of 17 players to rush over 1,600 yards from scrimmage over the course of a KU career.
After his time at Kansas, Snell served as a Deacon at Greater Pentecostal Temple in Kansas City, until complications from cancer affected his ability to serve. During that time, Snell also worked as a successful sales representative in the career field of document management, breaking sales records and winning multiple awards.
A native of Mount Vernon, New York, Snell attended Mount Vernon High School where he started his athletics career as an all-around athlete. Snell excelled in football, baseball and basketball earning him a place in the Mount Vernon High School Hall of Fame and a scholarship at the University of Kansas.
Born Oct. 16, 1965, Snell is survived by his wife, Audria Snell; two sons, Brandon and Damiere; daughter, Arnice Snell Cox and granddaughter, Aydah Cox.
A visitation for Snell is scheduled from 9-11 a.m., on Saturday, Dec. 13 at Greater Pentecostal Temple in Kansas City, Kansas. The funeral service will follow the visitation at 11 a.m.
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