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Pitt FB suffered stroke; playing days appear over

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)