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Pitt FB suffered stroke; playing days appear over

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Tuesday, Pitt fullback Derrick Burns was admitted to the hospital for what was originally called a “medical condition.” Burns had been complaining of headaches.

Following some tests, it was revealed Burns had a stroke.

“Found a mass, a blood clot in the back of his head, and a small one on the left side which caused a stroke and left his right side weak,” Dan Burns, Derrick’s adoptive father, told KDKA in Pittsburgh.

As a result, Burns’ playing days are likely over.

Paul Chryst, the class act that he is, says, ‘Derrick, I don’t care about football right now. We just got to get you better,’” the elder Burns said.

It’s unfortunate anytime a health issue sidelines a player permanently, but as always, life off the field comes first.

(Photo credit: Pitt athletics) 

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9 Responses to “Pitt FB suffered stroke; playing days appear over”
  1. Deb says: May 24, 2012 1:02 PM

    God bless this young man as he recovers from his stroke. His life and health are all that matter now. But once he’s out of danger, he shouldn’t give up on his dreams. Teddy Bruschi proved it is possible to play football again after a stroke.

  2. thegamecocker says: May 24, 2012 1:09 PM

    It’s much more important for Derrick to be alive and healthy than playing football. I hope he has a speedy recovery and has a long life. Forget about football

  3. rollteal says: May 24, 2012 1:33 PM

    Hopefully it gets better !!!

  4. mountaineer50415 says: May 24, 2012 1:35 PM

    That is horrible. Too young for a stroke. May God go with you as you go through these trials. Get well soon. Sounds like a great coach.

  5. ningenito78 says: May 24, 2012 1:37 PM

    Yikes. Get better man. Good luck.

  6. psgrlinco says: May 24, 2012 1:53 PM

    Ummm……why make a point to refer to the Dad as the “adoptive” father?

  7. Ben Kercheval says: May 24, 2012 3:24 PM

    “Ummm……why make a point to refer to the Dad as the “adoptive” father?”

    Is this a real question?

  8. pb420 says: May 24, 2012 3:49 PM

    Thankfully they found it before he suffered a fatal aneurysm or something similar down the road. To be lucky enough to survive this scare, he should feel no shame if he has to walk away from the game. Best wishes to him.

  9. kozbee says: May 24, 2012 4:01 PM

    Strokes are common at any age but most to happen at an older age.Just hope it wasnt a major stroke.Get well with a hospital stay and therapy.Prayers out to you Derrick.If your career in football is over get that degree.God Bless.

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