Former TE Bennie Joppru, 32, had a stroke recently. He seems to be ok, but very young to be dealing with a stroke.
Bennie Joppru had a stroke
Wow that is young! Hopefully it's not a result of all the head contact during his playing days.
This is very unfortunate, I remember him from when I was growing up. Always liked him for some unknown reason.
It was easy to like him. A very nice guy and one of the best tight ends we ever had. He was awesome in 2002. I don't ever remember him dropping a pass. I wish we had thrown to him more often.
Hopefully he recovers quickly. 32 is way too young to have a stroke.
Glad I'm not the only one who thought that he could have been used more. I still remember his ridiculous finger tip catch against Illinois. Whenever I hear the guy's name I cringe at the thought of how much damage he could have done if he was more involved in the offense.
Get well soon Bennie.
A stroke can be a multitude of things. It'll be interesting to know the cause, but ultimately I hope it's not too debilitating. Although he's young, in some ways that means he should have a better chance at recovery with rehab.
Oh man I JUST watched the MSU game from 2002 where he had some nice catches including a TD. Hopefully he recovery is speedy.
Yeah, me too.
a complex migraine.
Wishing him the best and the good news is they didn't find anything which means no heart or vascular problems and not MS.
Exactly. Apparently, Bennie Joppru apparently goes to a crackpot doctor. Either that or he is the first patient in recorded history to have a stroke that wiped out his entire sensory cortex on one side but spared his motor function
My wife is a nurse in a physical rehab facility, and she's had a 26 year old man in there who was wrecked. The nurses she worked with had a 17 year old kid who had a stroke a couple years back who was able to come mostly back but had very noticable facial droop. She has a patient now who had an infarction caused by a thrombosis in their arm. Blood clots are freaky, man.
I'm wishing him the best, as I'm sure we all are. He is a friends relatives friend (admittedly weak) but I've seen and heard some stuff that cements him in my mind as a great guy. My first year at mich was 02 and I remember him having hands like superglue. He literally caught everything he touched.
Get better Bennie!
Apparently the doctors believe it was a reaction to certain medication he was on.
Get well Benny
She had a bad reaction to some medication, and it resulted in stroke-like symptoms. She went the better part of two months with speech and motor function problems
I thought I had a stroke but it was Bells Palsy.
I'm fine. Thanks for asking.
Glad you're okay!
"[Doctors] said it could be repetitive-injury related," he said. "They thought it was probably related to that same problem (ocular migraines). The final conclusion was sometimes this happens in healthy 30 year olds."
Hmmm...I hope this is the right conclusion, but considering how much football-related head injuries have been in focus lately (Seau, etc.), I wonder if this isn't worth a second look?
There was a report out a few months ago that some young people (20s, 30s) had given themselves strokes by pursuing yoga poses too aggressively. Apparently that can strain veins/arteries in the neck and end up cause strokes. Scary stuff.
that sucks man... I remember he was one of the few rays of light on our offense during the early 2000s... Hopefully he comes back strong. Godspeed Bennie
We had a pretty damned good offense in the early aughts, inside and out.
A Train, Chris Perry, David Terrell, Braylon Edwards, Jake Long, Steve Hutchinson, etc.
Not too shabby. Henson and Brady were good when they were behind center.
Fight it hard, Benny!