Jon Dorenbos visited his good friend Ellen DeGeneres on her midday show on Monday to talk about the wild ride he's been on since being traded from the Philadelphia Eagles to the New Orleans Saints this summer.
The trade helped doctors find a serious issue with his heart that required surgery and ended his career in the NFL.
We saw Dorenbos get a pretty nice ovation at an Eagles game a couple of weeks back but this is among the first times we've actually seen him talk about the serious nature of his open-heart surgery.
"The first thing I thought of is, 'Wait, that's Ellen's favorite team,'" Dorenbos said of being traded to New Orleans.
But after playing in the Saints' first preseason game, the team doctor sent him to get a test on his heart which showed he needed emergency heart surgery and that his football career was over.
"As my heart was pumping blood out, a lot of blood was leaking back in. It was working really hard," he said. "The aorta was expanding like a water balloon. It should be [about the size of a quarter] and mine was the size of like a coke can. They basically told me, 'Had you been hit in the chest on Monday Night Football, the odds were far greater that you'd die than live.'"
Jon and his wife talked to doctors all across the country and had the procedure done in Philadelphia. It went well and he's doing great today and in fantastic spirits.
Dorenbos also talked about his new dog, who he just so happened to name Saint.
"My wife is my angel and that little guy right there is my Saint," Dorenbos said of his doggo.
Ellen gifted Jon with a pretty sweet dog house of cards. Because magic tricks.
You can watch much of the segment below.
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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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.