Denver Broncos head coach John Fox must have surgery for aortic heart valve replacement, which means that he will be out of commission for several weeks. The football team announced the news on Saturday night after Fox had been taken to the hospital earlier that day.
Fox was complaining of being light-headed while playing golf in Charlotte, North Carolina. While the coach did not actually suffer a heart attack, tests revealed that he must undergo surgery immediately for the aortic valve. Fox had known that he had a defective aortic valve and that he would have to receive treatment for it after the 2013 foot season.
According to a statement released by the team, “On Saturday, Coach Fox began feeling light-headed while golfing with friends. He was taken to a hospital, where testing revealed he needed to have this procedure as soon as possible.”
Fox also released a statement thanking Denver Bronco fans and others for their support.
“Although I am disappointed I must take some time away from the team to attend to this pre-existing health condition, I understand that it’s the right thing to do. I have great confidence in our coaches and players, who are fully committed to our goals.”
Fox is 58, and he has been the head coach of the Denver Broncos for three years. Previously, he was head coach of the Carolina Panthers for nine years.