May 24, 2012

Derrick Burns Will Be Okay

Filed under: Football,Injury — Chas @ 12:09 am

His football career is almost certainly done, but he still has his life.

The 20-year-old had been seen by a doctor after he complained of a severe headache and numbness in his side, but no one suspected a stroke.

“Found a mass, a blood clot in the back of his head, and a small one on the left side which caused a stroke and left his right side weak,” Dan Burns, Derrick’s adoptive father, said.


Scary beyond belief. The silver lining — and there really is one — is that he will be all right and this can be addressed early enough for him to get well and live a normal life. Yes, football is done for him. But he still can get his education (I am assuming that Pitt is going to do the right thing and honor his scholarship). He still gets to live his life.

Derrick Burns did feel he had to break the news to Coach Paul Chryst.

“’Coach, I think I’m done with football,’” Dan Burns said of Derrick. “We kind of had a little laugh over that — through the seriousness of it all we still had a little laugh over that.”

“Paul Chryst, the class act that he is, says, ‘Derrick, I don’t care about football right now. We just got to get you better,’” Burns continued.

Indeed. Get well Derrick Burns.

Good for Derrick!!! Man what a scare…hope he stays affiliated with the team somehow.

Comment by SFPitt 05.24.12 @ 12:49 am

Get well, Derrick. And stay Panther strong!

Comment by Lou Gagliardi 05.24.12 @ 2:56 am

Get well soon, Derrick! When something so scary like this comes along it makes you realize that football is merely a game. Best wishes to Derrick.

Comment by JAM 05 Pitt 05.24.12 @ 9:24 am

God bless!!!

Comment by Bowling Green Panther 05.24.12 @ 9:38 am

That must have been scary as hell for that kid.

Comment by Chris 05.24.12 @ 10:14 am

In our Prayers!!

Comment by CompLit 05.24.12 @ 11:14 am

Sigh of relief. Best to Derrick in life. On another note, I’m done with Pitt if they don’t honor his scholarship. I would be shocked. H2P

Comment by Gordo 05.24.12 @ 11:30 am

Gordo–no way they would not honor it. They always have for athletes in the past who cannot for physical reasons continue to play their sport. And, there is no reason not to, in any event, since any kid who goes to medical hardship ship is not counted against the NCAA limit on ships.

Comment by pitt1972 05.24.12 @ 1:18 pm

This is highly disturbing for an athlete, I believe this (I’m not a doc) is what happened to Pitt LB Caeser Aldersert’s brother back in the day? He did not survive, just read an article that strokes are on the rise among the youth.

Get well Derrick

Comment by Joey V 05.24.12 @ 1:26 pm

Marvelous news in regard to Derrick Burns. The prayers of many were answered in the affirmative. Naturally, Derrick’s grid career is history. That us, his in the game career. There are still many other options for wounded warriors: journalism, statistics, coaching, counseling etc. Many of us sideline Panthers would be quite pleased to see Derrick at Heinz Field next September in another capacity. He is much appreciated by his team mates,coaches and fans. Of course, Pitt will honor his scholarship.To do otherwise would be unthinkable. Great comeback Derrick, the Lord is with you and so are we. Rev. George From Columbus

Comment by Rev. George Mehaffey 05.24.12 @ 1:51 pm

God speed for a full and quick recovery, Derrick. I, too, would love to see him stay involved with the team in some capacity if he so desires.

Comment by NickW 05.24.12 @ 4:39 pm

Hooray for Derrick! Does anyone recall an incident back during Spring practices, when he collapsed and was briefly hospitalized? It may not have been at practice, specifically. Or am I just imagining things?

Comment by Digdug 05.24.12 @ 5:58 pm

God Bless You and Keep You, Derrick.


Comment by Vietvet1 05.25.12 @ 11:18 pm

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