Zak Herbstreit, the son of Kirk Herbstreit and current tight end at Ohio State, is home from the hospital.
The 21-year-old was in stable condition with what his father called «some problems with his heart.»
The ESPN analyst said that «the last five or six days have been kind of a whirlwind,» but things are looking up for his son.
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«He’s in a good mood, he’s home with us where his mom can take really good care of him,» the former quarterback told «The Pat McAfee Show Thursday.» This is going to be a long process to see how his heart responds to some of the medications he is taking. This is a three or four month kind of thing to see how he recovers. But the key is to be patient and positive.»
The elder Herbstreit said the hospitalization «came out of the blue» and they initially thought he had pneumonia, but later tests showed otherwise.
«I would really encourage anyone who plays sports to do a little more than just do their normal physical or even EKG wiring, that’s not enough,» Kirk said, «The [echocardiogram] is what you really need to figure out some potentially scary stuff. We are very lucky that he got the echo and found some things. …she had very few symptoms. You would never know that she was dealing with what she is dealing with.»
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«I’ve had a bit of a setback in the last two weeks. I’m not feeling well,» Zak said. «Culminating in test results last Friday that forced me to be admitted to the hospital. I have some of the best cardiologists looking after me and I am beyond grateful. We are running a series of tests and conjuring up a plan to ensure I can get back to health.» feel normal again. I appreciate the overwhelming support over the past few days. I feel good and hope to be out of the hospital soon.»
Zak Herbstreit has been with the Buckeyes since 2021. He previously played tight end for Montgomery Bell Academy in Nashville, Tennessee. He is a third generation Ohio State football player; His grandfather, Jim Herbstreit, played running back and his father started at quarterback from 1989 to 1993.
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Ohio State is coming off an appearance in the college football Playoff and will enter next season ranked as the No. 4 team in the country in the preseason coaches’ poll. The Buckeyes kick off the 2023 season on September 2 against Minnesota.
Fox News’ Chantz Martin contributed to this report.