Former Alabama cornerback Cyrus Jones underwent open-heart surgery on Thursday. He announced the news about this procedure on Instagram.
Jones was claimed by the Denver Broncos in November and hoped to see time on the field. Unfortunately for the former second-round pick, he was placed on the reserve/non-football injury list.
There wasn’t much information available on Jones’ status until this week. The 26-year-old defensive back ended up having an anomalous coronary artery – a congenial heart defect that causes an artery to grow in the wrong place.
It turns out that Jones was living with this condition his entire life. Even though the procedure would fix the issue, he was worried about what could possibly happen.
“When my doctor told me I would need open heart surgery I couldn’t believe what he had just said. Especially for something that I had been living with my whole life,” Jones wrote on Instagram. “It took me some time to fully grasp what that meant. Stuck in between wanting to feel sorry for myself, hopeless/angry at God, I had to make a decision.”
Here’s the post from his Instagram account:
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When my doctor told me I would need open heart surgery I couldn’t believe what he had just said. Especially for something that I had been living with my whole life. It took me some time to fully grasp what that meant. Stuck in between wanting to feel sorry for myself, hopeless/angry at God, I had to make a decision. Would I bask in my misery and bow down to my situation or would I DECIDE? Decide to stand on faith or stand on negative thinking. So I made a decision! “God shall be my hope, my stay, my guide and lantern to my feet.” When I say failure is not an option, it’s a prayer, an affirmation and an acknowledgment. God has brought my family and I this far, so much joy and so many blessings. This is just another opportunity for God to manifest in my life so that I can be an example of what faith with work can truly do. Thank you to everyone who has reached out with prayers and support. I Love and Appreciate you all! #AnomalousCoronaryArtery #DontWaitForTomorrow #SaveYourLifeToday #finao 🙏🏾🐶
Jones hasn’t put it all together in the NFL yet, and perhaps this condition is the reason why. Either way, the former Alabama standout has support from all his current and past teammates.
Hopefully, Jones makes a full recovery from open-heart surgery.