Westlake's Nader Won't Play Football Again

By: Mike Barger
By: Mike Barger

Austin Westlake senior offensive lineman Matt Nader will never play another down of football.

Nader collapsed on the sidelines during the game against A&M Consolidated Friday night forcing officials to call the game.

He wasn't breathing and his heart had stopped.

Doctors were able to revive Nader on the sidelines before he was taken away in an ambulance to the College Station Medical Center.

He was responsive and talking less than an hour after his collapse.

Nader was transported to South Austin Hospital Saturday morning.

According to the Austin American Statesman, doctors detected another heart rhythm disturbance during follow-up tests on Monday.

According to the Statesman, the condition is so serious, and the concern it could happen again so great, doctors inserted an implantable defibrillator into his chest.

It is likely, doctors say, that Nader, who had already committed to the University of Texas, will never play football again.

His parents released this statement:

"Although the test results are normal, Matt did have a lethal arrhythmia. Because of the serious nature of the heart rhythm disturbance and the possibility that it could occur in the future, an implantable defibrillator was inserted to maintain the normal cardiac rhythm. A decision was also made for Matt not to pursue contact sports in the future."


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