Penn State RB Journey Brown Retiring From Football Due To Serious Heart Condition

By Ari Meirov

Penn State running back Journey Brown will not be able to play football again because of a medical condition discovered during the offseason.

“It was discovered through a routine COVID-19 test, although it is not COVID related,” Penn State head coach James Franklin said. “We learned about this in early September, and we’ve been working through this and dealing with this as a team. Journey is one of the most popular and respected players on our team. The entire organization is rallied behind Journey and his family. We need Nittany Nation to do the same as I know we will. Journey has handled this unbelievably well. I know he’ll be extremely successful and whatever he decides to do. He’s been serving as an assistant coach running backs coach has been very involved. He’s been traveling to all the games and all those types of things. … We were able to go outside and get some second opinions. And it was confirmed.”

Brown released a statement following Franklin’s Wednesday press conference.

“I have been diagnosed with hypertrophic cardiomyopathy, which will force me to medically retire from the game of football,” Brown said in a statement. “I know I left it all out there and have no regrets other than wishing I could step on the field one final time.”

Brown started 10 games for Penn State last season, rushing for a team-high 890 yards and 12 touchdowns on 129 carries. He rushed for 202 yards in Penn State’s 55-39 Cotton Bowl win over Memphis.

Some early 2021 NFL mock drafts had him as a projected mid-round pick with RB1 potential.

NFL Draft analyst Matt Miller called Brown “one of my favorite prospects.”

It’s an unfortunate sudden ending to a career that had so much promise.

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