Renck: Broncos center Alex Forsyth honors his father’s legacy as he pursues starting center job

A week after his father was murdered, Alex Forsyth played a basketball game in his honor.

He was 12 years old.

“I knew that he would want me to,” Forsyth told The Denver Post. “To this day, I am trying to continue his legacy.”

Unless you follow Oregon football, you probably don’t know Alex Forsyth. He was a seventh-round pick by the Broncos in the 2023 draft. He spent last season on the practice squad, receiving unsolicited praise from coach Sean Payton during press conferences for his relentless work ethic.

Forsyth’s anonymity vanished this spring as a candidate to replace departed starting center Lloyd Cushenberry, while becoming a valuable resource in Payton’s pre-draft evaluation of former Ducks teammate Bo Nix.

It feels like Forsyth is on the cusp of doing something special.

“I hope so,” Forsyth, 25, said. “It’s about stacking good days and competing.”

Whether Forsyth reaches the top of the depth chart or not, he has already turned tragedy into triumph. His life changed forever on Dec. 11, 2012.

His father Steve, who coached Alex in sports since kindergarten, was killed in a public mall shooting at Clackamas Town Center in Happy Valley, Ore., 13 miles outside of Portland. Steve was operating a kiosk, waiting to visit with his wife Carla and step-daughter Katie Hughes when a gunman’s random shots ended his life.

Steve was a beacon of light in the West Linn, Ore., community as a general sales manager at Entercom Communications before starting his own firm, Big Feat marketing. Many, though, knew him as a youth coach, where his care and passion for impacting others made an unforgettable impression.

“I’d be lying if I didn’t say it was an incredibly tough time for me and my family. I think you have to roll with the punches. Life is not always fair. I did not want to pity myself. My dad taught me that at a young age. You don’t want to throw a pity party because no one is going to show up except for yourself. He always used to tell me that,” Forsyth said. “He was my coach in pretty much every sport. It was so unfortunate what happened. I had to keep on moving on. My goal is to provide for my mom, my sister and my family. I have just kind of carried that throughout my life.”

Forsyth could have felt more alone than ever. Instead, he leaned on family, friends and, ultimately, football. Steve was athletic, playing college hoops at the University of San Diego. Agile and strong, Alex became an all-state offensive lineman at West Linn High School, leading the team to a 6A state championship when the Lions wore an “SF” decal on their helmets for Steve.

As Forsyth entered his freshman year at Oregon, Alex, Carla and Katie established the Steve Forsyth Memorial Fund, a non-profit that awards up to four need-based, $2,500 scholarships annually to West Linn students. It represents a way to “carry on his spirit of generosity, enthusiasm and trailblazing,” per the website.

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Source:: The Denver Post – Sports


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