Story at a glance:

  • Justin Fields takes medication for epilepsy.
    • The quarterback reportedly has not had any recent issues.
    • Alan Faneca also played with epilepsy and shared his support for Fields.

A top perspective NFL quarterback from Ohio State, Justin Fields, is managing epilepsy, according to multiple reports.

Fields is taking medication for epilepsy, a condition that has not affected the quarterback while playing and one that he could grow out of like some of his family members have, according to USA Today.


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Epilepsy is a neurological disorder that can cause seizures, and apparently, it runs in the family, NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reported.

Fields is not the only football player who has managed the condition while playing. 

Hall of Famer Alan Faneca of the Pittsburgh Steelers, New York Jets and Arizona Cardinals “took medication to control seizures” while playing guard during his career, according to NFL Network’s Tom Pelissero.

And just like Faneca, Fields takes medication for his epilepsy. It is also reported that Fields has not had seizures in a while, according to Rapoport. 

“It’s possible he may have already outgrown the illness,” Rapoport tweeted Wednesday.

If the young star has not had seizures in a long time, nor has his epilepsy affect his ability to be an on-field player, there is a good chance that it would not affect his draft stock.

Fields is considered a top pick between the San Francisco 49ers, who own pick No. 3 in the draft, and the Denver Broncos, who pick No. 4, to draft the Ohio State quarterback.

NFL writers also think the 49ers should consider Fields despite his health conditions.

"I think Justin Fields makes the most sense for the 49ers. To put it simply: if you took everything the best young quarterbacks in the NFL do and made a player, it would be Fields," Ryan Wilson, NFL writer, said, CBS Sports reported.

"Draft Justin Fields. The 49ers can't overthink this. Fields is the second-best QB in this draft (yes, over Zach Wilson) and he is a perfect fit for Kyle Shanahan's zone-read offense. Fields is the QB the 49ers must take here," Jeff Kerr, another NFL writer, said.


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Published on Apr 22, 2021