Penn State football suffered quite a big blow with one giant announcement Wednesday night.
Incoming freshman tackle Nana Asiedu was forced to end his college football career before it ever began because of hypertrophic cardiomyopathy — a thickening of the walls of the heart which, according to the American Heart Association, is “a common cause of sudden cardiac arrest in young people, including young athletes.”
Asiedu tweeted the news, saying that he will still be on scholarship and will be a full member of the team.
— Nana Asiedu (@BigNana_) June 28, 2018
Asiedu said the last few weeks have been the “toughest time in my life.”
“This hurts because football was my everything but god has other plans for me,” he said in the note in his tweet.
He thanked coach James Franklin and the staff for letting him stay with the team as well.
“This is one reason I chose Penn State because of the security and they’ll never go back on their word,” he said.
Asiedu came to the Nittany Lions ahead of this season as a 4-star offensive lineman from Stafford, Va. — the No. 8 recruit at his position per the 247Sports composite.