While the news that Urban Meyer was stepping down was shocking in and of itself, at least one of the details that’s beginning to trickle out does not do justice to the word “stunning”.
According to a report from WKMG-TV in Orlando, Meyer had suffered a heart attack this year. During the football season.
Citing an unnamed source, sports director Dave Pingalore reported that Meyer did not inform anyone that he’d suffered a heart attack. Again, Pingalore reports that Meyer suffered a heart attack during the football season and didn’t inform anyone.
Nor did he miss a single game or, as far as we’re aware, a single practice.
As the Grand PFT Poobah is wont to say, wow.
If this report is indeed true, that Meyer failed to inform anyone that he was having issues with his heart, then it was certainly time for Meyer to take a step back and step away from the game.
Football is a helluva game, the best sport going, but it’s certainly not worth risking your health — or life — over.