Former Utah State Football Star, Brian Suite’s Death at 28
Former Punahou and Utah State University safety Brian Suite’s death at the age of 28 occurred Tuesday night after a two year battle with a rare form of cancer.
The death news of Brian Suite’s came just shortly after his father, Howard, lost his own battle with colon cancer in August 2019.
Suite was diagnosed with stage 4 soft tissue sarcoma, an extremely rare form of cancer that affects fewer than one percent of all people with cancer, last September, and doctors discovered it just a month after he lost his father.
Four years prior to his diagnosis, Suite was on the gridiron, following his NFL dreams as a part of the Detroit Lions.
He was invited to the 2015 Lions training camp following a standout collegiate career with the Utah State Aggies and received countless athletic and academic accolades.
Brian Suite’s death cause was a rare cancer
Brian Suite, known as a tenacious tackler, and a gifted defender, won three State Championships for football, baseball, and track & field while racking up many All-ILH and All-State honors during his Punahou career.
Suite was a starter at safety for Utah State for three years and got honorable mention all-Mountain West honors as both a junior and senior. He was additionally selected to the SI.com and CBS Sports.com All-Bowl Teams following his junior season, as he tied his season-high with 11 tackles, to go along with a fumble recovery and an interception, in the Aggies’ 21-14 victory over No. 24 Northern Illinois in the San Diego County Credit Union Poinsettia Bowl.
On Aug. 12, he remembered his father, provided an update on his condition and thanked people for their support.
Suite will be survived by his mother, Wendy Suite, as well as countless friends, family members, and former teammates.
Utah State head coach Gary Andersen, who was coach of Suite in his first stint at the school, reacted to his death in a statement.
He said: “I have no words to describe how I’m feeling. Brian’s family, friends, coaches and teammates have a lost a great one far too soon. He was an integral member of this team and of Aggie Nation that impacted the lives of all he came in contact with both off and on the field.
“He embodied everything that we want an Aggie to be, and his example of positivity in the face of adversity will live on,” Andersen added, “Our hearts are with his mom, Wendy, and with the Suite family at this time of tremendous loss.”
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Suite graduated with a degree in business administration.
He had come back to Utah State in 2018 as he was honored by the program with former teammates Frankie Sutera, Zach Vigil, and Marwin Evans.
Former Utah State teammate DJ Nelson reacted to his death on Twitter, said:
“Brian Suite was one of the most humble and good-natured people I’ve ever been around, truly believe the world would be better if we were all like him; I’m not just saying that.”
The 6-foot-3, 205-pound native of Makiki, Hawaii, was a two-time All-Mountain West honorable mention safety in five seasons with the Aggies. He started every game of his senior year in 2014 when he amassed 76 tackles, a tackle for loss, and three interceptions.
In the summer of last year, he moved from his home in Seattle back to the islands after his father died from cancer.