FOR THE second time in two weeks, a Villanova football player is donating his bone marrow in hopes of saving someone's life, as part of coach Andy Talley's "Be The Match" foundation.
Senior reserve wide receiver Jacob Gribb, who's played in all four games for the 14th-ranked team in FCS, will go through the procedure today at an undisclosed area hospital. The patient is a man in his early 30s who has leukemia.
Earlier this month, junior offensive lineman Jake Prus missed two games for the same reason.
Gribb, from Pottstown, started taking the preparatory medicine Saturday. His father Larry, a dentist, had to give him the injections because he couldn't get to the hospital because of Pope Francis' visit to Philadelphia.
He's the fifth Wildcat to do this since Talley started the foundation - which now enlists over 50 other college football programs - 23 years ago.
Since 2008, registry drives have been responsible for adding more than 52,000 potential matches to the donor pool. And almost 200 transplants have been performed.