America's Got Talent Superstar Rushed to Open Heart Surgery

September 08, 2017Sep 08, 2017

Jon Dorenbos, an NFL long snapper and a finalist on season 11 of America's Got Talent, just made a terrible discovery during a routine physical. The football veteran and magician discovered that he has a life-threatening heart condition.

Many people know Dorenbos for being a charming magician on America's Got Talent. However, the majority of his success stems from his football career. He spent 11 seasons playing for the Philadelphia Eagles. Before that, he played for the Tennessee Titans and the Buffalo Bills.

On August 26 during his football preseason, the long snapper was traded to join the New Orleans Saints. This trade ended up playing a pivotal role in saving his life. 

As part of the trade, Dorenbos had to undergo a physical with the team doctor. During the physical, Dr. John Amoss discovered that the 2-time Pro Bowl player was suffering an aortic aneurysm. 

Saints Coach Sean Payton said, "This is a pretty serious condition. Dr. Amoss is the one that discovered it, and basically saved his life with the findings. He's had further tests and evaluations. certainly, news like this is a big alert for him."

While the ailment was a pre-existing condition, the football player likely would not have known about it if it weren't for the mandatory physical as part of the trade deal. According to TMZ, Dorenbos will require immediate heart surgery. 

The Saints will host a few different options on Friday to fill Dorenbos' spot. While this discovery might mean that the 37-year-old's NFL career is over, at least it was made before it was too late.

Please be praying for a speedy recovery for the athlete as he undergoes surgery. Another tragedy took place this week when a major league baseball legend died from a heart attack. Please keep his family in your prayers. 

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