Rookie NFL receiver forced to retire after heart condition discovered

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NFL players often say the moment they are drafted into the league is amongst the happiest of their lives.

Hearing your name called means a passport to playing pro football, with the promise of bigger and better things ahead for those that make it.

Devastating news

Unfortunately, as is the cruel nature of sport, even if you are one of the lucky few selected by a franchise it doesn't guarantee a career in the league. A fact that one wide receiver in the class of 2015 discovered today after learning he will be cut following the discovery of a heart condition.

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As reported by the Columbia Daily Tribune, the St. Louis Rams plan to release WR Bud Sasser after the young player failed to pass the team's physicals. ESPN notes that this was due to a "pre-existing heart condition."

Sasser was a sixth round pick out of Missouri where he racked up a 1,003 yard, 12 touchdown season in his final year at the school. His big frame made him an exiting pro level prospect.

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Although the Rams have been forced to cut ties with Sasser after he failed to get the necessary medical clearance to play, the franchise will still honor his rookie contract. The Mizzou product will also receive his signing bonus worth $113,737.

No chance

The situation may have come to a head this week but both the franchise and player have been aware of an issue virtually since he was selected back in May.

Indeed, Sasser never even had the opportunity to suit up in Rams gear as he sat out the entirety of rookie orientation and, as you might expect with such a worrying condition, played no part in the Rams' OTAs that began on Tuesday.


The Rams appear to have made their decision regarding Bud Sasser but, as you might expect for someone who has long been dreaming of a career in the NFL, the player doesn't seem quite as ready to give up just yet.

His agent has already gone public to state he has had a second opinion from another medical facility who described Sasser's heart as "fine", and the player himself appears uncertain what happens next.

"It sucks. I would like to get out there and play. There's nothing like sitting back and watching, I'll tell you that much," he said on Thursday.

"As of right now, I don't really have an idea where to go from here.We're going to discuss later on today and tomorrow with my agent, Coach Fisher and the staff what's going to happen."

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