Reading through this article for myself. Never knew about his heart condition until now:
In the 2009 preseason, he was doing charity work to make sure young athletes got screened for hidden heart conditions. Davis took a group of kids to a Charlotte hospital that had set up free ultrasounds and EKGs. To show it wasn't scary, he got the first screening himself.
Afterward, the doctors pulled him aside and said they needed to talk.
The coronary arteries ship blood away from the heart. In a normal heart, one originates on the left side of the heart, the other on the right. The screening showed that both of Davis' coronary arteries were on the same side. It's not an especially rare condition; maybe 1 in 200 people has it. It often doesn't cause any symptoms. But when doctors find it, they normally recommend correcting it. That means open-heart surgery. And for Davis, that might have meant the end of his career.
The Panthers pulled him out of practice. Davis went to the Emory Heart & Vascular Center in Atlanta for tests. The team sent his medical records to heart clinics around the country. Davis prayed. Eventually, the doctors' consensus was that Davis was in such good condition that he didn't need the surgery. He gets a stress test after every season to double-check.
Amazing that we have such a strong-willed person on this team that embodies the spirit of never giving up. That and his relationship with Beason through rehabs is outstanding.
I'm all for welfare reform to remove the overbloat in the system, but does anyone else get irrationally pissed off when people make the argument that everyone that receives some sort of government sponsored benefit is some lazy bum that doesn't work? The vast majority of people who receive benefits are the working poor. You know, the people who give you your food at McDonalds, who change your tires at the tire store, or any other minimum wage job.
Yeah this is the part that pisses me off when people make those blanket statements. The actions of a few, however, has given the system a bad image. Yes, reforms are needed to help reduce the fraud and to make sure the people who truly needs the assistance gets it (and even then, you can't completely stop ALL fraud, it'll happen irregardless of the protections and safeguards put into place), but to make a blanket generalization about a group of people only from the actions of a few people (who tend to get the most attention) is just dumb.
But, I suppose you guys will just keep digging until you feel you're content, most likely when severe sanctions are placed on UNC and you pretty much tarnish the academic integrity of our school and smudge the degrees of people like myself who worked hard to get through school and didn't receive any extra benefit or help, and now have to deal with this crap.
This. so much this. I'd be dammed if anyone think less of my degree after I busted my ass for it because of some mess that happened with the football team. Just get this mess over with, let us serve our punishment, and move on with our lives.
I'm not thrilled by any of this, mainly because I don't want my degree devalued in any shape, form, or fashion. I feel for some of my friends who actually have AFAM degrees, but I haven't heard them say much about the scandal. I had some AFAM classes, but not with any of the professors that seemed shady. They were easy enough, mostly reading and class participation. Athletes could have passed those classes on their own, without any special considerations (the whole problem with the scandal).
Its definitely a black eye to the university, and yes most of the students (including me) don't like the fact we keep plummeting in the academic ratings side. But we all just want to move on. That's all. Just move on, deal with the consequences, and move on with our education and lives.