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Jon Dorenbos posts emotional thanks a month after heart surgery

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Jon Dorenbos posts emotional thanks a month after heart surgery

Former Eagles longsnapper and Philadelphia fan favorite Jon Dorenbos shared an emotional post to his Instagram account on Thursday night roughly one month after he underwent heart surgery.

It was his trade from the Eagles to the New Orleans Saints that helped their team physician, Dr. John Amoss, discover that Dorenbos had an aortic aneurysm.

The Magic Man appears to be doing well and shared the heartfelt message thanking his wife who has been by his side, the nurses who took care of him, and his doctor who performed the surgery:

One month ago today I underwent emergency open heart surgery. My wife never left my side. She held my hand every step of the way. Life is crazy. One min I was a professional athlete, the next min I was fighting for my life. The video in this collage shows how the simplest things in life we sometimes take for granted. May we all be thankful for the beautiful people and world that surround us every day. To the UPENN Cardiac Care Nurses (Silver10) you all are #Saints - thank you! You make this world a better place. #SpecialPeople - Dr Bavaria, whom performed my surgery, I love you man!! You are a genius. You are an artist. You are a savant. Thank you for making valve replacement and aortic aneurysms your thing!! You are the best in the world for a reason. This world is a better place with you in it #ImAlive #goodDay

The video in the post shows Dorenbos taking a shower for what appears like the first time since surgery. He's clearly emotional about simply being alive but still has his wonderful sense of humor.

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One month ago today I underwent emergency open heart surgery. My wife never left my side. She held my hand every step of the way. Life is crazy. One min I was a professional athlete, the next min I was fighting for my life. The video in this collage shows how the simplest things in life we sometimes take for granted. May we all be thankful for the beautiful people and world that surround us every day. To the UPENN Cardiac Care Nurses (Silver10) you all are #Saints - thank you! You make this world a better place. #SpecialPeople - Dr Bavaria, whom performed my surgery, I love you man!! You are a genius. You are an artist. You are a savant. Thank you for making valve replacement and aortic aneurysms your thing!! You are the best in the world for a reason. This world is a better place with you in it #ImAlive #goodDay

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Eagles' pick received in Jon Dorenbos trade returned to Saints

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Eagles' pick received in Jon Dorenbos trade returned to Saints

As expected, the seventh-round pick the Eagles received in the trade for long snapper Jon Dorenbos has been returned to the Saints, a source confirmed to CSNPhilly.com.

94-WIP first reported the story.

The Saints on Friday announced Dorenbos needs heart surgery to correct an aortic aneurysm.

The Eagles traded the 37-year-old Dorenbos to the Saints on Aug. 28. Dorenbos played in 162 games in an Eagles uniform, sixth-most in franchise history.

Trades typically are rescinded in these situations. The Eagles in 2011 traded running back Ronnie Brown to the Lions for running back Jerome Harrison, but the deal was nullified when Eagles team physicians discovered that Harrison had a brain tumor and needed immediate surgery. Harrison never played football again.

Central New Jersey native Rick Lovato beat out Dorenbos for the long snapping job this preseason.

Jon Dorenbos needs open heart surgery after Saints discover aortic aneurysm

Jon Dorenbos needs open heart surgery after Saints discover aortic aneurysm

Jon Dorenbos, the popular long-time Eagles long-snapper who gained international fame as a magician, needs heart surgery, Saints head coach Sean Payton announced on Friday. The team placed him on the Non-Football Illness list.

The Eagles traded the 37-year-old Dorenbos to the Saints on Aug. 28. Dorenbos played in 162 games in an Eagles uniform, sixth-most in franchise history.

"Jon Dorenbos is like family to me and to the Eagles," Eagles owner Jeffery Lurie said in a statement. "We are concerned for Jon first and foremost. Our thoughts are with him and his wife. At this time, we are all waiting to learn more about his situation."

Saints team physician Dr. John Amoss discovered that Dorenbos has an aortic aneurysm, Payton said.

"It's a pretty serious condition that will require surgery," Payton told reporters on Friday.

The case appears similar to one in 2011, when the Eagles traded running back Ronnie Brown to the Lions for running back Jerome Harrison. But the trade was nullified when Eagles team physicians discovered that Harrison had a brain tumor and needed immediate surgery. Harrison never played football again.

It wasn’t immediately clear whether Dorenbos’s condition will nullify the Eagles’ trade with the Saints. The Eagles received a 2019 seventh-round pick in exchange for Dorenbos. Payton said the Saints will attempt to rescind the trade and re-claim that pick from the Eagles since Dorenbos’ condition was pre-existing. Generally, in cases where a pre-existing condition is revealed, the trade is nullified and the draft pick reverts back to the original team.

Dorenbos spent his first two seasons with the Bills and then 2005 and part of 2006 with the Titans before joining the Eagles late in the 2006 season. He played in a franchise-record 162 consecutive games from Week 12 of 2006 through Week 13 of last year before missing three games with a wrist injury.

He was replaced in those three games by central New Jersey native Rick Lovato, who beat out Dorenbos for the long snapping job this preseason.