He got a second opinion, decided to continue to play football and transferred to Stanford where ultimately he had an episode related to his condition and had to retire from football. Fortunately, the story ends well; he recovered and eventually got his degree from Stanford in Economics.
The story does bring up some interesting points for consideration:
- Stanford has/had a very good medical staff, so opinions on whether a kid can stll safely play can diffier even among highly qualified health professionals;
- There are players (college and NFL) who have successfully played with this condition; the same likely also applies to joint arthritis/damage, concussions etc; it's a matter of how much risk the team/player is willing to accept;
- Any protocol for determining fitness to continue playing would by nature be subjective, and medical ethics aside, could potentially be abused by programs;
- 18-21 year old kids aren't renowned for their ability to assess the long term implications of their decisions and actions.
So, my non double blind experiment observations on this are as follows: If the team medical staff makes a recommendation that the player not suit up again, there's likely a 5 sigma probability the football staff will follow suit; the legal , image and liability implications are way too high. If it's the football staff making the recommendation without official endorsement from the medical staff, there is muddy water.