At the conclusion of Michigan State’s 2016 season, 13 of the Spartans’ 22 opening day starters had been lost to injury at least once during the season.
According to the Detroit Free Press, sophomore defensive back Tyson Smith was one of those players, although it was written he had been dealing with an “undisclosed” injury.
Wednesday night, Smith disclosed on Twitter that he suffered a stroke. He did not state when he had the stroke. He is listed on the Michigan State 2017 spring roster, but he did not play in the spring game.
I'm "supposed "to be in a wheelchair after that stroke last year doctors say I'm blessed to still be able to walk ,talk , and run! Fast fed pic.twitter.com/esjfYSdkfk
— Tyson Smith (@4Tyson_TD) May 18, 2017
According to stroke.com, a stroke is an extremely serious, and often times deadly, condition when blood flow to the brain is cut off abruptly. As blood flow to the brain is cut off, so is oxygen, which can cause brain cells to die. Once brain cells die, the abilities of those specific brain cells, including muscle use and memories, can be lost permanently.
Also according to stroke.com, strokes are the fifth-leading cause of death in the United States. The website also notes people can recover from strokes; however, two-thirds of survivors will most likely have some sort of disability.
Smith played in eight games in 2016, making 13 tackles and breaking up 4 passes. He missed the final four games of the season.
Smith entered Michigan State as a 3-star prospect from West Bloomfield, Mich.