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Sveen
02-22-2009, 03:43 PM
INDIANAPOLIS -- Brian Mandeville, the talented small school tight end from Northeastern, may have seen his NFL career end before he ever suited up for a Sunday game.

During a routine exam at the combine doctors noticed something out of the ordinary with Mandeville's heart. A further inspection led combine doctors to the diagnosis that Mandeville may have an issue with one of his heart valves.

Mandeville has since been informed by the examining doctors here in Indianapolis that he should not play football moving forward, and it seems his dreams of playing in the NFL have likely ended.

His agent, Ryan Tollner of Rep 1 Sports Group, said just minutes ago that the medical issues now facing Mandeville are not life-threatening.

"Brian will fly back to California and be examined by heart specialists to completely diagnose the issue. Obviously his well being is priority number one at this time."

Tollner stated no one was aware of Mandeville's condition until combine doctors notified them of it. He did state at this time it seems unlikely that Mandeville will have a career in the NFL.

Source: http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/2009/football/nfl/02/21/mandeville.combine/index.html

TimD
02-22-2009, 03:44 PM
aw man. such a great story. i hope he's okay

thenewfeature06
02-22-2009, 03:45 PM
This is very interesting and sad at the same time.. I would like to see this guy get drafted and fulfill his dream but i guess its up too him and his coaches and doctors..etc

SuperMcGee
02-22-2009, 03:52 PM
Very similar to what happened to David Carle. Terrible news, I hope the best for him.

HeavyLeggedWaistBender
02-22-2009, 04:03 PM
Watching BJ Raji on nfln, he said he was most nervous about the medical evaluations. I thought it was an odd thing to say, but I guess this is why.

Pretty (for lack of a better term) heartbreaking.

TheBuffaloBills
02-22-2009, 04:30 PM
Very saddening.

someone447
02-22-2009, 04:32 PM
Watching BJ Raji on nfln, he said he was most nervous about the medical evaluations. I thought it was an odd thing to say, but I guess this is why.

Pretty (for lack of a better term) heartbreaking.

The medical exams are terrible. They check for any little thing that could cause problems later on down the road. It could be something that has never affected you, and it would still drop you like a rock(or completely out as in this case.)

Raider_fan_Canada
02-22-2009, 05:14 PM
Its sad but its good he had somebody informing him of the condition.

Michigan
02-22-2009, 05:46 PM
The medical exams are terrible. They check for any little thing that could cause problems later on down the road. It could be something that has never affected you, and it would still drop you like a rock(or completely out as in this case.)

And what if Mandeville died ten years into his career due to this condition? Medical exams are important and should be thorough. Teams are investing millions of dollars in these rookies, so it's beneficial to both sides.

someone447
02-22-2009, 07:18 PM
And what if Mandeville died ten years into his career due to this condition? Medical exams are important and should be thorough. Teams are investing millions of dollars in these rookies, so it's beneficial to both sides.

Ok, you misunderstood my post. BJ Raji said the medical exam is what he was most worried about. I agreed with him, because they look for the smallest things. Plus, it is the only thing the players have no control over.

JFLO
02-22-2009, 07:50 PM
Hope all turns out well for Brian, that is a pretty crushing discovery.

espfootball92
02-22-2009, 08:04 PM
Thats a shame. I really had this guy pegged as a sleeper.

At least now hopefully the doctors can fully diagnose and treat the condition and he can live a normal life

mpt117
02-23-2009, 06:21 PM
man i feel bad for him, this is saddening news. i saw him play in high school, he played for walpole high in mass. thats where the great QB todd collins went, too. i went to norwood high where former saints and current LB alfred fincher went.

ThePudge
02-23-2009, 06:25 PM
At least the guy has a degree from Northeastern, a very good school. Some football players truly only have football. I am confident that Brian can go on to have a happy and successful life without football. His body may thank him in twenty-thirty years provided his heart holds up.

It is a sad story, but the guy is still alive, healthy (by most standards), and has a promising future ahead of him (though I can not claim to know what in.)