Former Arizona wide receiver Troy Dickey suffered a massive stroke Thursday and is “fighting to stay alive,” according to another former player, Julius Holt.
“All I was told this morning is he’s fighting to stay alive and it doesn’t look good at this time,” Holt communicated to me.
Dickey’s wife Cara has indicated her husband underwent surgery on Friday. They reside in Houston and were in Glendale to watch their son Brayden, a junior receiver, play for Washington in the Fiesta Bowl.
Bill McCulloch of 520 Sports posted on Facebook tonight that Dickey is in a medically induced coma and the doctors want to keep him still, according to Cara.
Troy Dickey caught 55 passes for 776 yards with seven touchdowns for Dick Tomey’s teams in 1992 and 1993. In the 29-0 win over Miami in the Fiesta Bowl following the 1993 season, Dickey, a junior college transfer who was a senior with the Wildcats, caught touchdown passes of 13 and 14 yards from sophomore quarterback Dan White.
The news of Dickey’s stroke comes a week after Arizona baseball legendary coach Jerry Kindall suffered a massive stroke and passed away on Christmas Eve.
This is a difficult time for Arizona’s athletic department, which also lost former offensive tackle Mu Tagoai — one of Dickey’s teammates in the early 1990’s — in November after a bout with cancer.