Canaan Sandy suffers stroke

By: Richard Davenport , Tom Murphy
Published: Friday, March 15, 2019
Arkansas defensive backs coach Mark Smith (left) hugs Canaan Sandy following practice Saturday, March 9, 2019, in Fayetteville.
Photo by Ben Goff
Arkansas defensive backs coach Mark Smith (left) hugs Canaan Sandy following practice Saturday, March 9, 2019, in Fayetteville.

University of Arkansas super fan Canaan Sandy is undergoing tests in White River Medical Center in Batesville after suffering a stroke on Thursday afternoon.

Sandy, 36, who holds a cherished status among Razorback fans, gained nationwide notoriety after being selected to the ESPN Fan Hall of Fame in 2013 and having the opportunity to run for a touchdown during a break in the Red-White Spring game in 2014.

His mother, Ginger, messaged the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette on Thursday night, “Tell everyone he loves them. Hoping for a full recovery. Will look for a cause. And it wasn’t the Hogs’ fault he had a stroke but he sure tried to help them win!”

The reference was to the Arkansas basketball team’s 66-50 loss to Florida in the noon game at the SEC Tournament.

Sandy was in attendance at the Razorbacks’ first spring scrimmage last Saturday, pausing to take a picture with former Hog Drew Morgan among others and greeting fans with his normal energy and enthusiasm.

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