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After cancer fight, New York football coach returns to sideline

THIELLS, New York – Think you love football?
On the coldest night of the season last fall, Tom Lynch was two hours from home, attending New Rochelle’s state playoff game against Troy. He sat in a wheelchair on the sideline, bundled from head to toe in jackets, blankets, hats and hoods.
The North Rockland football coach had already endured two surgeries by that point, one to remove a kidney, another to shave cancerous bone off his femur and replace his left knee. Lynch was filled with drugs to fight the aggressive disease, but he couldn’t stay away.
Despite missing all last season and taking a leave of absence at school, Lynch attended every North Rockland game but one, broke down film, compiled stats and braved brutal cold and wind to watch Section 1’s best compete long after the Red Raiders turned in their jerseys