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Miami's Knighton plans to continue football career

Published on NewsOK Modified: April 12, 2014 at 7:36 pm •  Published: April 12, 2014

MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. (AP) — Perhaps the most-anticipated element of Miami's spring game came an hour before play started, when the Hurricanes unveiled four new uniform designs.

Hunter Knighton plans to be in them.

The offensive lineman released a statement Saturday detailing the severity of his illness this winter, and insisting he plans continue playing at Miami. Knighton revealed he suffered heatstroke after a workout on Feb. 24, plus experienced brain swelling, multiple seizures, kidney failure and liver failure — while fighting the flu and double pneumonia.

It all forced him to spend nearly two weeks in intensive care.

"I fought one of the greatest battles of my life. ... I am so close to achieving my childhood goal of playing Division I football and I am determined to make it happen," Knighton said.

As a private school, Miami was forced to remain tight-lipped throughout Knighton's illness, releasing very little information at the family's behest. Miami coach Al Golden said Saturday that Knighton was emerging into a leader and one of Miami's top linemen when he was stricken.

"Since he first began the recovery process, Hunter has been nothing short of amazing and has been an inspiration to us all, approaching his rehab program with courage and fortitude," Golden said. "I have absolutely no doubt that Hunter will continue to persevere, make a full recovery, rejoin his teammates and realize all of his goals at 'The U.'"

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