WATCH: Steve Wilson Remembers UCF Super Fan Lynne Cheek Who Passed Away After a Courageous Battle With Cancer
By Steve Wilson // August 15, 2022
Lynne now has the best seat in the house to watch her beloved Knights….the 50-yard line in Heaven.
WATCH: Lynne Cheek, UCF Knights SUPER FAN, talked with Steve Wilson in this March 16, 2022 edition of “Sit Down with Steve.” Cheek talked about her current battle with cancer, her love for UCF and much more in this exclusive interview. Lynne passed away over the weekend after a courageous battle with cancer.
I didn’t know Lynne Cheek very long, three or four years, maybe. But the impact she had on me, and others, will not soon be forgotten. After a courageous battle with cancer, Lynne finally succumbed to the disease.
To say that Lynne was a UCF Knights fan is an understatement! She WAS UCF.
Lynne attended UCF, played in the band, supported the teams, and smiled a lot when reminiscing about her time as a Knight. You couldn’t carry on a conversation with Lynne, no matter the subject, without eventually talking about UCF football.
I visited her in the hospital last week and we talked about Knights football for an hour. Lynne was so excited about the upcoming season – she had her season tickets and she was ready – and talking UCF football seemed to perk her up.
To Lynne, UCF was family, it was that simple. She loved the players and coaches, and they loved her. Quite a few of them took to social media to offer their condolences.
Quarterback Mikey Keene tweeted, “Such a heartbreaking loss. Lynne brought nothing but love and incredible spirit to those she was around! She will be missed by all.”
Knights head football coach, Gus Malzahn, tweeted, “Sad to hear the news of Lynne Cheek’s passing. Her toughness was an incredible example to all inside our program – a true Knight! Kristi and I are keeping her friends and family in our prayers.”
Knights’ defensive coordinator Travis Williams tweeted, “You were such an inspiration. You fought a good fight! You can now cheer on UCF football from heaven! God Bless and Charge On!”
Lynne even made an impact with fans from the opposing teams. A Boise State fan that goes by the Twitter name – @BoiseBlueCalBearMathew, tweeted the following: Lynne Cheek “was a beautiful human being.” He went on to say that she was “one of my favorite Knights that I met through my interactions with the UCFTwitterMafia.”
In 2022 Lynne received the “Notable Knight” award from the UCF Space Coast Alumni Chapter. This award is in recognition of notable contributions to the Space Coast Community.
There is no doubt that Lynne will be missed. She was a lovely person. Lynne now has the best seat in the house to watch her beloved Knights….the 50-yard line in Heaven.
I can hear her now, GO KNIGHTS! CHARGE ON!