GSU football player sitting out this season after developing heart condition from COVID-19

ATLANTA — A Georgia State University football player says he will sit this season out after he developed a heart condition while battling the coronavirus.

Mikele Colasurdo posted a statement to his Twitter account, saying: “Today I was diagnosed with a heart condition as a result of my COVID-19 infection. Unfortunately, this means that I will not be able to play this football season.”

Colasurdo said even though he was disappointed, ultimately it was due to the policies that GSU put in place that he found the condition.

“It was the procedures and tests set forth by GSU that allowed the doctors to find this condition in my heart and help keep me safe,” Colasurdo said.

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The backup quarterback from Inman, South Carolina is a freshman at Georgia State, and made the Dean’s List in the Spring 2020 semester. He signed with the Panthers in December 2019, according to his bio on GSU’s website.

“I am very thankful for everyone who has reached out and prayed for me. I am also incredibly thankful for Coach Elliot and trainer Bob for providing a safe environment for us to train and practice,” Colasurdo said in his statement. “I am very thankful. I can’t wait to watch my team compete this fall and I could not be more excited to return for the 2021 season.”