Zak Herbstreit, a tight end for Ohio State and son of legendary Buckeyes quarterback Kirk Herbstreit, was hospitalized Tuesday, according to multiple reports.
Zak was in stable condition at a Columbus, Ohio, hospital Tuesday afternoon. According to a school spokesperson, the 21-year-old is being monitored and undergoing evaluations.
Kirk Herbstreit expressed his gratitude for «everyone’s concerns and prayers» in a text message to Columbus news station WSYX-TV.
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Ohio State University officials did not specify the reason Zak was taken to the hospital.
But his father posted a message from Zak on Twitter that said the tight end was under the care of a cardiologist.
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«I’ve had a bit of a hiccup in the last few weeks. I’m not feeling well. It culminated in test results last Friday that forced me to go 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 make sure I can get back to feeling normal again. I appreciate the overwhelming support over the past few days. I feel good and hope to be out of the hospital soon.»
The elder Herbstreit noted that Zak «has a long journey ahead of him.»
«My son Zak is in the hospital and I wanted this note to be sent to him. I just wanted to add how much we appreciate so many people concerned about his well-being. He has a long journey ahead of him.» Kirk wrote.
Moments later, Herbstreit provided an update on Zak’s condition, saying he was «up and on the phone from time to time.»
Zak has been with the Buckeyes since 2021. He previously played tight end at 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.
Ohio State is coming off a College Football Playoff appearance 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.
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Kirk Herbstreit joined ESPN in 1996, where he served as senior college football analyst for more than two decades. He is also a five-time Sports Emmy Award winner.