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Former Chief Tavon Rooks had a heart attack, Chiefs still helping him

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Herbie Teope of Chiefs Digest has a must-read story on former Chiefs OT Tavon Rooks, who was officially cut by the team last week.

Rooks was on the Missouri Western practice field for Chiefs camp on August 17 when he began suffering from shortness of breath. He was pulled off the field thanks to a teammate, Marcus Reed, recognizing something wasn't right. Chiefs trainers and doctors pulled him off the field where eventually, Rooks says, he was told he had a heart attack.

A heart attack.

This quote from Rooks is just incredible: "If they didn't catch that in time, the doctor was telling me I would've been dead on the field or in my dorm room that night."

The Chiefs waived Rooks with a non-football illness designation which technically means they wouldn't have to help pay for his treatment. But the Chiefs are helping anyway.

Please go over and read the story at Chiefs Digest. It's incredible that something like this happened weeks ago and we may never have known about it.