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Medical condition ends Austin Wentworth’s career at age 25

Austin Wentworth, an offensive lineman who signed with the Vikings as an undrafted rookie last season and showed a lot of promise, has seen his career come to an abrupt end because of a medical condition.

Wentworth had to be rushed to the hospital because clots in his legs were blocking blood flow to his muscles. Although surgery alleviated the problem, the muscles in his left leg were damaged severely enough that he will walk with a limp and have to wear a brace for the rest of his life.

My career is over, unfortunately,” Wentworth told the Pioneer Press. “It’s difficult enough to play in the NFL when you have all your muscles and take away one that you use for footwork, so I’m going to have to call it a career. I’m looking at it like I was able play for a great team and get some playing time as an undrafted free agent, which is pretty rare. I’m trying to look at it in a good light.”

Looking at it in a good light isn’t easy, but that’s exactly what Wentworth is doing.

“The doctors said that if one of these clots had gone up instead of gone down in my leg, it would have killed me instantly,” he said. “You can be upset about your leg or you can be happy you’re alive.”

We wish Wentworth well as he begins a new life after football.