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After son's death, Rypien devoting life to foundation

Mark Rypien is hoping for some good to come out of a family tragedy, writes Rudy Klancnik.

Originally Published: January 23, 2008
By Rudy Klancnik | Special to ESPN.com

For a guy who was once a Super Bowl MVP, it's interesting -- and telling -- that Mark Rypien's lasting impression on society will have little to do with perfect spirals or crisp touchdown drives. Rypien has devoted his post-playing days to running the Rypien Foundation in memory of his son Andrew, who died of cancer at the age of 3.

"We changed the name from the Mark Rypien Foundation to the Rypien Foundation because it won't be too long from now that absolutely no one will remember ...

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