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Heart concern cited as reason for Alabama LB Hubbard’s NFL Draft drop

Adrian Hubbard

The SEC was responsible for 49 draft picks in the 2014 NFL Draft, but Alabama linebacker Adrian Hubbard was not one of them. This comes as a shock to many because Hubbard was once projected to be a day two draft lock. Now it appears we know what may have caused teams to stay away from Hubbard during the three-day draft event.

According to a report by the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel, a minor heart abnormality may be to blame despite being cleared by a doctor with ties t the NFL. Cardiologist Charles Brown is the doctor who has cleared Hubbard for playing football. Brown is the cardiologist for the Atlanta Falcons.

“My heart’s big because I’m big,” said Hubbard to the Milwaukee paper. “There’s nothing wrong with it at all. This is more than 85% of the league. Dr. Brown looked at me and cleared me.”

Hubbard discovered the heart abnormality at the NFL Scouting Combine and now has documentation confirming he is clear to play for any NFL team he may join. He was signed by the Green Bay Packers as an undrafted free agent and must pass a physical before officially joining the team. He does not seem concerned about that part of the process.

“I’m fine. I’ve been playing in the worst conditions the last four years in the heat of Alabama. I’ve been playing sports my whole life. I’ll be OK.”

Helmet sticker to Al.com.

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9 Responses to “Heart concern cited as reason for Alabama LB Hubbard’s NFL Draft drop”
  1. cometkazie says: May 11, 2014 6:29 PM

    Good luck, Adrian.

  2. biggestredmiami says: May 11, 2014 6:54 PM

    Damn, the original doctors just cost him a lot of money.

  3. dhardy8207 says: May 11, 2014 7:26 PM

    Hope this young man has a long successful career at the next level. And he’s so right about the Alabama heat. Sometimes the humidity here is hot enough to make the devil envious…

  4. packerbadger says: May 12, 2014 2:52 PM

    Well, seems the more responsible entities are looking out for this kid. Number one symptom of a heart attack is death. Alabumpkin’ not surprisingly didn’t seem to care as they played him down there and got what they could out of him.

  5. dcroz says: May 12, 2014 8:22 PM

    packerbadger:

    But it’s OK for him to play for YOUR team now, right?

  6. packerbadger says: May 13, 2014 8:11 AM

    Packers making sure that this guy is medically cleared BEFORE they play him whereas Alabumpkin’ didn’t seem to give a krap and just sent him out there. See the difference? Get it now? That heart condition was there BEFORE he got drafted and magically just showed up at the combine…..amazing!

  7. dcroz says: May 13, 2014 11:48 AM

    So they determined he had a slightly enlarged heart that usually doesn’t appear on a standard exam that ALL universities do (it certainly is not unheard of for a far-more detailed NFL examination to find undiagnosed conditions, because they’re going to spend the extra money before handing a guy millions of dollars) but mean-‘ol ‘Bama didn’t care about his health even though he never had any problems from it while there. Do you even think before you post, or is it just your reflexive hatred for all things Southern–and Alabama especially–that makes you play the role of Village Idiot? I guess if you cheered for a team worth a tinker’s damn that anybody even remotely cared about that you would post on those threads rather than troll on the Alabama ones. Now that you’re back in the Land of Cheese, go occupy yourself with keeping your lover milked rather than being a useless skid mark on the underwear of life.

  8. dhardy8207 says: May 15, 2014 10:28 AM

    dcroz says;

    “Do you even think before you post, or is it just your reflexive hatred for all things Southern–and Alabama especially–that makes you play the role of Village Idiot? I guess if you cheered for a team worth a tinker’s damn that anybody even remotely cared about that you would post on those threads rather than troll on the Alabama ones.”

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    @dcroz:

    Packer is a troll and he NEVER post anything on threads that don’t concern the SEC, SEC teams, BAMA, etc. He also bases his experience with the south on a stretch of time he supposedly lived in North Carolina despite he constantly speaks about Alabama like he has some kind of personal experiences here. He’s a perfect example of a bigot and yes village idiot as you so eloquently stated. By his own account (if one can believe anything he says) he has associated all southern citizens with the uneducated, backwards, inbred, etc,..folks that he apparently was surrounded by in one state. He has nothing to back up his outdated and derogatory views but s**t that happened a century back.

    The “skid mark on the underwear of life” was perfection… Damn near fell out of my chair on that one!…

  9. cometkazie says: May 15, 2014 6:52 PM

    “Poof” to the trolls.

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