Eskimo Superfan and inspiration passes away
(Edmonton) The Edmonton Eskimos are saddened by the passing of 18-year-old Karl Burkholder, who lost his lengthy battle with cancer Tuesday at Grey Nuns Community Hospital in Edmonton. The Eskimos were first introduced to Karl last January when Head Coach Danny Maciocia and running back Ron McClendon brought the Grey Cup to the Children’s Stollery Hospital for a visit. From that moment on, a special bond developed between Karl and the Eskimos. He became a regular at Eskimo practices and showed up to games decked out in green and gold to cheer for his friends.
Eskimo Director of Football Operations and Head Coach Danny Maciocia says, “It’s a sad day, but Karl is in a better place today. He doesn’t need to suffer anymore. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family.?
“He was an inspiration to all of us,? says Eskimo Offensive Lineman Joe McGrath. “His courage and strength helped us through the season during tough times. He was part of the Eskimo Family. Once an Eskimo, always an Eskimo.?
Karl is survived by his dad Paul, his mom Diane and his sister Kassie.