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. The official online source for Kansas Athletics, Williams Education Fund contributions, tickets, merchandise, multimedia, photos and much, much more.