At the end of August, the Philadelphia Eagles traded one of their longest tenured players, sending fan favorite long-snapper Jon Dorenbos to New Orleans for a seventh-round pick in the 2019 draft. It turns out the trade could save Dorenbos' life.
New Orleans Saints doctors discovered an aortic aneurysm during a physical and the 37-year-old will require immediate heart surgery.
Saints doctor John Amoss discovered the pre-existing condition in a physical, head coach Sean Payton said. "It's a pretty serious condition that will require surgery," Payton said. [NewOrleansSaints.com]
According to Les Bowen of the Philadelphia Daily News, the Eagles were aware of Dorenbos' condition and had been monitoring it. Symptoms may have increased in the past weeks or month, leading to this surgery development.
I'm told @JonDorenbos heart murmur issue goes back at least five years; was something Eagles were monitoring.— Les Bowen (@LesBowen) September 8, 2017
Dorenbos joined the Eagles in 2006 and he played in franchise record 162 consecutive games until a wrist injury derailed the impressive streak. Only David Akers (188), Brian Dawkins (183), Harold Carmichael (180), Chuck Bednarik (169) and Tra Thomas (166) have played more games in an Eagles uniform then Dorenbos.
He also dominated as a magician on America's Got Talent and his personality and passion for the game of football was very easy to recognize. All of us here at SportsTalkPhilly.com wish Jon all the best in his upcoming surgery and wish for a speedy recovery.