Former Utah defensive tackle Star Lotulelei asked not to participate at combine with heart condition

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  • Billy Budd Saint George, UT
    Feb. 26, 2013 12:04 a.m.

    "...I don't know if the NCAA recommends or requires a heart test like he received before the combine but they should...".

    The need for the test does not exist unless the person/player has some presenting symptom(s) which would indicate an order for an echo.

    In this case, the NFL hired a provider to administer the procedure as well as interpret the findings (the minimum cost for this procedure is approx $750.00). The findings are subject to interpretation. The fact that his EF is close to the lower value of the normal range (55-70) will be considered in the final diagnosis. Another important consideration is the fact
    that he was able to play FB for all these years without some presenting symptom(s) characteristic of a low EF. Upon his return too Utah, Star will probably receive another echo, followed possibly by a TEE, followed possibly by an angiogram, if the echo in Utah replicates the value of the echo, or lower, then he received at the combine. Each of these procedures are designed to evaluate the function of the LV as well as verify the efficacy of the previous procedure.

  • Tilka PORTLAND, OR
    Feb. 25, 2013 1:57 p.m.

    His heart condition makes it all the more impressive the level he played at while at the U. I'm a BYU fan but am sad to hear this for Star and hope he can get his heart fixed to the level it will be safe to play again.

    I don't know if the NCAA recommends or requires a heart test like he received before the combine but they should.

  • Obama10 SYRACUSE, UT
    Feb. 25, 2013 10:25 a.m.

    AS a BYU fan this sucks for Star. I hope it is operable and he can still play in the NFL. Unfortunately this will hurt his draft status. Imagine how dominate he would have been with a "good" heart. Good luck Star.

  • Stgeorgebyu St. Georg, UT
    Feb. 25, 2013 10:24 a.m.

    I hope all is OK with Star. I as well as many fans in the state of Utah admire the athlete he is. Wayne and Ernest cant we go one article and not have it be about BYU vs Utah? Jeez men give it a break already!

  • BlueCoug Orem, UT
    Feb. 25, 2013 9:58 a.m.

    Heart problems are nothing to be taken too lightly. We've lost far too many athletes who appeared to be in excellent physical condition, so the NFL is correct in asking Star not to participate in the Combine.

    Hopefully his condition isn't anything too serious and that with proper treatment and caution, he'll be able to have a very successful NFL career. I hope he's just being optimistic in saying he plans to participate fully in Utah's Pro Day and that he's not planning do so contrary to advice from his doctors.

  • Irrelevant Provo, UT
    Feb. 25, 2013 9:58 a.m.

    As a BYU fan, I hope the Utah standout has a successful career at the next level, it sucks he's experiencing this type of roadblock, but he can only learn and grow from this. I still think he will have an immediate impact in the NFL and perhaps be Pro-bowl ready in 2-4 years.

    Best of Luck Star, Choose the right

  • MyPerspective Salt Lake City, UT
    Feb. 25, 2013 9:17 a.m.

    Hope the follow up evaluations go well and show the problem can be easily addressed. Best of luck to Star and his family.

  • Dave Duncan Orem, UT
    Feb. 25, 2013 8:42 a.m.

    Glad he decided to finish his degree instead of bailing, and going to the NFL a year early. That may have been more important than he ever imagined. Hope he gets to fulfill his NFL dreams, but if not, best wishes in another career from this coug.

  • Y Grad / Y Dad Richland, WA
    Feb. 25, 2013 7:32 a.m.

    God bless you, Star! It's obvious to this BYU fan that you never played with a shortage of "heart." Just think what you could have done to us in the 60-70% range. Never mind, don't visualize that!

    Trust in God and modern medicine. Between the two of them and your strong will to compete, I have confidence in you.

  • shorts Payson, UT
    Feb. 25, 2013 6:47 a.m.

    That is really to bad for Star. I hope all is well and he can chase his dreams.

  • sammyg Springville, UT
    Feb. 25, 2013 6:40 a.m.

    One cannot imagine the thoughts of hearing a possible life threatening diagnosis in addition to the possibility of a sudden change of career opportunities.

    Good luck to Star as he figures out his options going forward in life.

  • 86&90UTE Holladay, UT
    Feb. 25, 2013 3:26 a.m.

    Hope he is ok! Never want to see a career derailed because of a health issue.