I'd be crazy to not take advantage of the resources that I'll have in front of me for improving myself professionally at OU.
Now that I look back at (the heart attack), it makes perfect sense that I had an artery that was 99 percent blocked. I couldn't figure out the past two months why I was so low energy. That's not who I am, on the practice field or anywhere. I was struggling with my intensity level and my energy level.
I struggled getting out of bed in the morning. I'm usually a morning guy, and I couldn't get out of bed until 8 in the morning. My normal workouts were exhausting.
I thought I had something caught in my esophagus because the pain was so localized and deep in my chest. I thought it was a salmon bone actually. I stayed there for six hours, finally it was excruciating, and I needed to get it removed. That was my mindset. So I got in the car, left my wife a note at 1 in the morning, and drove myself to the ER.
We were on track to get a chest X-ray and a CT scan, and he was gonna put a scope down my throat to get it removed because I told him what I had for dinner. In the meantime, he had taken blood work, and he came back in and said, ‘We're gonna go a different route on this thing because you just had a heart attack.'
I had the procedure the next day. They put a stent in. I was 99 percent blocked to my main artery.
I checked out the next afternoon and went on the road recruiting. I drove to Allentown, Pa., six hours each way. I felt good. When you go from 99 percent blocked to wide open, you feel good, you feel better.
It hasn't slowed me down, obviously, with a job transition. I'm hitting the ground running in recruiting, and talking to the roster, and trying to get a program going. To make it yours, it takes a lot of work and a lot of energy, and I haven't felt tired at all.