Penn State running back Journey Brown got some heartbreaking news today. He will never be able to play competitive football again. He was diagnosed with a heart condition called hypertrophic cardiomyopathy.
Head coach James Franklin announced the Journey Brown news at his press conference earlier today.
“It was discovered through a routine COVID-19 test, although it is not COVID-related,” Franklin said via ESPN. “We learned about this in early September, and we’ve been working through this and dealing with this as a team. Journey is one of the most popular and respected players on our team.
“The entire organization has rallied behind Journey and his family.”
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Journey Brown was a redshirt junior in the Penn State program. He had been held out this year due to an injury the team found in October.
Brown took to Twitter to share his feelings on an unexpected diagnosis.
— SUNNY-D☀️🦕 (@JourneyBrown6) November 11, 2020
“I finally had the opportunity to showcase what I was born to do and, hopefully, set myself up to achieve my life-long dream of playing in the NFL,” Brown wrote. “Unfortunately, the dream will never be realized as I have been diagnosed with hypertrophic cardiomyopathy, which will force me to medically retire from the game of football. The pain of not being able to play the game I love anymore hurts and I can’t explain how I am feeling right now.”
I’m sure Journey Brown will grow from this experience, and go on to be very successful. Unfortunately, he will not have a future playing the game that he loves.