MINNEAPOLIS, MN - OCTOBER 9: Steve Hutchinson #76, Christian Ballard #99, Everson Griffen #97, Phil Loadholt #71 and Patrick Brown #79 of the Minnesota Vikings line up to take the field against the Arizona Cardinals at the Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome on October 9, 2011 in Minneapolis, Minnesota. (Photo by Adam Bettcher /Getty Images)
Yes, everyone. You read it correctly. Our new guard, responsible for helping bring our run blocking to a better and more aggressive form, has a heart defect. But you can breathe- everything is okay. It's not near as bad as it seems. More after the jump.
According to AOL.com's SportingNews, Steve Hutchinson has a heart defect. The news broke out on May 28th, surprisingly under our radars. The former Michigan Wolverine had routine checkup that resulted in him discovering that he has had a heart defect for his whole life.
He claims it won't keep him off the field, however:
"But it's something, down the road, you've got to keep an eye on it, and it might require a procedure."
Steve isn't extremely worried about himself, according to the article, but he's more concerned about his family.
"Granted, I have zero effect from it, but they say 99 percent of all the cases they see of this are in an autopsy," Hutchinson told The News. "There's got to be a way to diagnose that through a routine test when kids are born. My fear is, although it's not a hereditary disease, I have a 5-year-old son who started playing tee ball. I watch him run around the bases and in the back of my mind I can't help but think, 'Is my son going to drop rounding second?' "
So, it is something that really hasn't affected him and has gone unnoticed for 33 years. However, as he said, it's something to keep an eye on.
He has raised $1.35 million for the UofM C.S. Mott Children's Hospital and the children's congenital heart center.
So, take a deep breath out, MCM. Hutch is fine.
You can read the whole article here.