Previous New England Patriots linebacker Matt Light was identified throughout his rookie period in 2001 and also silently fought Crohn’s disease for a years. Light claims that throughout his football job, he could not take most Crohn’s disease drugs as well as missed out on games since he was not well to play.
The three-time Super Bowl champ had a surgical procedure to get rid of a foot of his bowel. Retired from football, the sportsmen shares his tale with others to elevate recognition as well as enlighten everyone concerning Crohn’s illness.
When Matt Light of the NFL’s New England Patriots announced his retirement this past week, he also disclosed for the 1st time that he has been suffering from Crohn’s Disease for the past 10 years. He described his battles with Crohn’s Disease as extremely painful and ugly, with pain so bad it was often paralyzing.
In fact, a 2004 surgery to remove 13 inches of his intestine combined with post-operative complications landed Matt in the hospital for 30 days during which his typical NFL Offensive Lineman weight of 316 fell all the way down to 260. Yet, through it all, Matt persevered and appeared in Five (5) Super Bowls protecting Quarterback Tom Brady and winning three of them. Matt Light’s candor and brave account about how painful and serious Crohn’s Disease can be should go a long way toward raising the public’s awareness of this often pervasive, debilitating, painful and incurable chronic illness.
Light was born in Greenville, Ohio. He went to Greenville High School, where he played football as a three-year two-way starter. On protection, he played linebacker and also was a second-team Division II all-state option at the position, and also as an elderly made all-county, all-conference, as well as all-district honors after making 69 takes on and also compeling 2 fumbles.
He played guard as a student, take on as a junior, and also tight end as an elderly, when he captured 4 masquerade 75 lawns as well as a goal. He likewise contended in the shot put in track and also area, as well as was an area champ in addition to an all-county as well as all-conference variety.
Light was drafted in the 2nd round (48th general) of the 2001 NFL Draft by the New England Patriots. He began 12 of 14 games played throughout his rookie period in 2001, assisting a Patriots running game which balanced 112.2 backyards each game.