PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — Former Eagles long snapper and 94WIP Wing Bowl Commissioner Jon Dorenbos had an aortic aneurysm, an enlargement (dilation) of the aorta to greater than 1.5 times normal size.
Dorenbos is in need of immediate open heart surgery.
Dorenbos, 37, was recently acquired by the Saints who have placed him on the NFI list — for players who suffered their injuries unrelated to NFL football.
Saints doctor John Amoss discovered the pre-existing condition in a physical and “saved his life,” Saints head coach Sean Payton said.
Payton reportedly said that the Saints will try to rescind their trade with the Eagles for Dorenbos, since his condition was pre-existing.
Dorenbos spent his first three years in the league with Buffalo and Tennessee before signing with the Eagles late in 2006. He was one of the most popular Eagles players while in Philadelphia and became a famous magician on America’s Got Talent.
Dorenbos has also appeared on the “Ellen” show and won the Ed Block Courage Award in 2008.
Eagles owner Jeffrey Lurie released a statement saying, “Jon Dorenbos is like family to me and to the Eagles.”