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Old 05-01-2007, 05:56 PM   #31
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Old 05-02-2007, 12:17 AM   #32
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God bless him and his family. Our prays are with his family.
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Old 05-02-2007, 12:41 AM   #33
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I don't want to turn this thread in the wrong direction because I was always a fan of Kevin Mitchell, but when a 36 year old former athlete who was healthy enough to last 11 seasons in the NFL dies suddenly of a heart attack, it usually points to organ damage from extensive steroid use.

That being said, it could also have been an undiagnosed heart condition.
C'mon dude. Do you have to bring up steriods? Steriods don't cause you to have a massive heart attack.
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Old 05-02-2007, 01:43 AM   #34
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C'mon dude. Do you have to bring up steriods? Steriods don't cause you to have a massive heart attack.
They can if you aren't doing enough cardio, and sometimes even that is not enough.
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Old 05-02-2007, 07:17 AM   #35
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I had the pleasure of meeting Kevin back in 2001. He took time to talk with both of my daughters and me and seemed really pleased to meet us. He was a genuine nice guy. RIP Kevin and my thoughts and prayers are with your family during this difficult time..
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Old 05-02-2007, 10:14 AM   #36
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C'mon dude. Do you have to bring up steriods? Steriods don't cause you to have a massive heart attack.
Here's an excert from the Drug Addiction and Advice Project;

Long term heavy steroid use may cause damage to the heart, liver and kidneys. Heart problems are due to the blocking of arteries by fatty deposits and increased blood pressure due to water and salt retention (both could lead to a heart attack).

As I said, I'm not trying to turn this into a steroid debate. I'm just pointing out that it looks a little fishy when a 36 year old athlete, who's heart was strong enough to survive 11 training camps suddenly dies of a heart attack. I'm sure others had the same thought.

And whether he used steroids or not doesn't make his death any less tragic. If anything, it's an indictment of professional sports and the strain it puts on these guys, especially someone in Mitchell's position, who had to consistently fight to stay on a roster.
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Here's an excert from the Drug Addiction and Advice Project;

Long term heavy steroid use may cause damage to the heart, liver and kidneys. Heart problems are due to the blocking of arteries by fatty deposits and increased blood pressure due to water and salt retention (both could lead to a heart attack).

As I said, I'm not trying to turn this into a steroid debate. I'm just pointing out that it looks a little fishy when a 36 year old athlete, who's heart was strong enough to survive 11 training camps suddenly dies of a heart attack. I'm sure others had the same thought.

And whether he used steroids or not doesn't make his death any less tragic. If anything, it's an indictment of professional sports and the strain it puts on these guys, especially someone in Mitchell's position, who had to consistently fight to stay on a roster.
The words "long term" and "may" don't prove anything in this case. It's just pure speculation on your part. I would probably say that you are wrong. If this guy was on steriods it he would have got caught because of all the testing they do. Perhaps the guy just had a bad heart and it failed. Isn't heart failure the number one killer in America? Same thing happened to Reggie White. His heart failed while he was asleep. I doubt Reggie took steriods.
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The words "long term" and "may" don't prove anything in this case. It's just pure speculation on your part. I would probably say that you are wrong. If this guy was on steriods it he would have got caught because of all the testing they do. Perhaps the guy just had a bad heart and it failed. Isn't heart failure the number one killer in America? Same thing happened to Reggie White. His heart failed while he was asleep. I doubt Reggie took steriods.
I'm not trying to "prove" anything. All I said was the circumstances are fishy. And me speculating that Mitchell may have done steroids is no different than you speculating that Reggie White never took steroids.
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Personally I don't see the need for tossing around the word steriods here until we have more info. In fact I think it's a bit disrespectful to his family.
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I'm not trying to "prove" anything. All I said was the circumstances are fishy. And me speculating that Mitchell may have done steroids is no different than you speculating that Reggie White never took steroids.
I'm not going to even comment any further. RIP Kevin.
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Old 05-02-2007, 11:14 AM   #41
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Personally I don't see the need for tossing around the word steriods here until we have more info. In fact I think it's a bit disrespectful to his family.
If I thought Kevin Mitchell's family would read this thread, I certainly would have kept it to myself. And again, even if steroids were involved, that doesn't make his death any less tragic. If anything, I'd blame the NFL in this particular case for pushing these guys so hard.
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If I thought Kevin Mitchell's family would read this thread, I certainly would have kept it to myself. And again, even if steroids were involved, that doesn't make his death any less tragic. If anything, I'd blame the NFL in this particular case for pushing these guys so hard.
You never really know who's reading here... and once the thread is indexed in search engines this thread could easily show up in search results for Kevin Mitchell.
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Old 05-03-2007, 02:40 AM   #43
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This is from JLC's blog today:

Friends of Mitchell's say they have heard that sleep apnea and hypertension are two possible reasons for the enlarged heart and massive heart attack he suffered in his sleep Sunday night/Monday morning. The death of the 36-year old LB has deeply saddened many at Redskins Park and he will not be forgotten.

The Harrisburg native has a fund in his honor set up for deserving kids in his home town.

Anyone who would like to can make a donation to:

The Kevin Mitchell Memorial Achievement Fund
PO Box 405
Hershey, PA 17033
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This is from JLC's blog today:

Friends of Mitchell's say they have heard that sleep apnea and hypertension are two possible reasons for the enlarged heart and massive heart attack he suffered in his sleep Sunday night/Monday morning. The death of the 36-year old LB has deeply saddened many at Redskins Park and he will not be forgotten.

The Harrisburg native has a fund in his honor set up for deserving kids in his home town.

Anyone who would like to can make a donation to:

The Kevin Mitchell Memorial Achievement Fund
PO Box 405
Hershey, PA 17033
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