So scary! The NFL coach was taken to a Charlotte hospital on Nov. 2 after experiencing symptoms of a heart attack. Thankfully, he will be okay, though he will have to undergo surgery and miss at least a couple weeks of coaching.
A quiet Saturday afternoon on the golf course took a scary turn for John Fox, head coach of the Denver Broncos, when he began experience heart attack symptoms and had to be rushed to a hospital in Charlotte, North Carolina on Nov. 2.
John Fox Needs Heart Surgery
John began feeling very light-headed on the golf course and was transported to a nearby hospital, according to USA Today. Early reports alleged that he suffered a heart attack, though a Broncos spokesperson later debunked those claims. The rep added that John was in “good spirits,” but also that he needs to have heart surgery.
“Coach Fox was advised by doctors month ago that his defective aortic valve would require this procedure following the 2013 season,” the Broncos said in a statement. “On Saturday, Coach Fox began feeling light-headed while golfing with friends. He was taken to a hospital, where testing revealed he needed to have this procedure as soon as possible.”
John will reportedly have the surgery this week, and will be out of commission for “at least the next several weeks.” But the important thing is that he’s okay.
After John’s condition was stabilized, the team released a statement on his behalf:
I sincerely appreciate all of the support from friends, Denver Broncos fans and so many around the league today. Although I am disappointed I must take some time away from the team to attend to this pre-existing health condition, I understand that it’s the right thing to do. I have great confidence in our coaches and players, who are fully committed to our goals. I look forward to returning to coaching as soon as possible.
Any issues involving the heart are obviously serious, so it’s good to hear that John is being taken care of and will ultimately be okay.
— Andrew Gruttadaro