Penn State running back Journey Brown has announced his retirement from football after he learned of a serious heart condition.
According to the Athletic’s Audrey Snyder, Penn State head coach James Franklin announced the development to the media this week.
When Brown was going through COVID-19 testing back in September, it was discovered that he had hypertrophic cardiomyopathy.
“I finally had the opportunity to showcase what I was born to do and, hopefully, set myself up to achieve my lifelong dream of playing in the NFL,” Brown said in an official statement. “Unfortunately, the dream will never be realized as I have been diagnosed with hypertrophic cardiomyopathy, which will force me to medically retire from the game of football. The pain of not being able to play the game I love anymore hurts and I can’t explain how I am feeling right now.”
Brown rushed for 890 yards and 12 touchdowns last year, leafing the Nittany Lions, during the 2019 season.