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RIP Paul Needell AKA Shockey

Discussion in 'Sports and News' started by Boom_70, Jan 25, 2015.

  1. Boom_70

    Boom_70 Well-Known Member

    Last edited: Jan 25, 2015
  2. casty33

    casty33 Active Member

  3. gingerbread

    gingerbread Well-Known Member

    Paul -- aka shockey, and there is no doubt he would not mind a bit being identified -- bared his soul to us so often on this forum. Even if you weren't blessed to meet him in person, you learned through his writing here about his three boys, his lovely wife, his passion for football and especially the NY Jets, his long friendship with Roger Goodell, his struggle with MS and, definitely, his love of sports writing. He'll be so missed. This column by Gary Myers nails it.
    Myers: Ex-Newser Needell had Jets covered - NY Daily News
  4. Songbird

    Songbird Well-Known Member

    See ya next lifetime, shockey. Thanks for the interactions here.
  5. casty33

    casty33 Active Member

    This is terrible news. Paul was an excellent reporter and writer, an NFL expert and a good friend. And he was only 57. Known as Jeremy Shockey to this board, he suffered from multiple sclerosis for many years and told me he was bed ridden the last time we talked. I also have MS and have had it since 1991 so, obviously, mine isn't as bad as Paul's was. I'm getting around much better these days and while MS has no cure and can be a life altering situation, it's not going to kill me. I'm 68 and doing all right thanks to physical therapy and exercise plus good friends helping me.
    So rest in peace Paul. No more pain. My condolences to his family.

    Dan Castellano
  6. Michael_ Gee

    Michael_ Gee Well-Known Member

    My condolences to his family and many friends.
  7. YankeeFan

    YankeeFan Well-Known Member

    So sad. Way too young.
  8. Steak Snabler

    Steak Snabler Well-Known Member

    When the players you covered (like Lageman and O'Brien in the original link) say those kinds of things about you, you know you made an impact.

    RIP shockey.
    Baron Scicluna and gingerbread like this.
  9. Iron_chet

    Iron_chet Well-Known Member

    RIP, way too young. Feel like I knew him from his writing on here.
  10. Vombatus

    Vombatus Well-Known Member

    Always liked shockey's posts. RIP shockey.
    murphyc, slappy4428 and gingerbread like this.
  11. Big Circus

    Big Circus Well-Known Member

    Agreed. He was an open book on here, in the best sense of the word. RIP.
  12. Boom_70

    Boom_70 Well-Known Member

    Thx GB. I did not think it was my place to put his SJ handle out there but had hoped that someone who knew him would.
    RIP Shockey. Sad that I never had the chance to know the man other than here at SJ. When I read of
    his passing I immediately thought of his 3 boys . It felt like we all watched them grow up from reading
    Shockey's loving stories about them. He truly loved those boys and was clearly a wonderful dad.
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