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Gators signee has heart condition, can't play

From ESPN - January 11, 2018

After signing with the Florida Gators just three weeks ago, defensive back Randy Russell is about to see his collegiate career come to an end before it even starts.

Russell tweeted Thursday that after enrolling at the University of Florida just days ago, he was diagnosed with hypertrophic cardiomyopathy. The heart condition, Russell said, will prevent him from playing college football and pursuing his dream to play in the NFL.

"It is extremely hard to believe that after going through the process of early graduation, and consistently physically preparing myself for the next level, today, that all comes to an end," Russell said in his tweet. "This is the last thing I expected to hear, and I would not wish this upon my worst enemy."

Florida released a statement saying the condition was found during the incoming pre-participation physical, and the medical staff discovered an abnormality in Russell's cardiac workup.

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