Four years ago, former Tennessee Titans and USC RB LenDale White suffered a major heart attack and almost lost his life at the age of 34.
On the “I Am Athlete” podcast hosted by former NFL players Brandon Marshall and Adam “Pacman” Jones, White spoke at length about how his left anterior descending artery clogged in 2019, which is what medical professionals sometimes refer to as the “widowmaker” because of how serious it was.
“My LAD [artery] was clogged, and I had to have two stents shot into my heart, so my blood can flow again,” he explained. “It’s called a ‘widowmaker’ because you’re really not supposed to make it back from that.
“I never really knew all that until recently. I got into it because I’ve been so scared to understand. When you’re 34 and you have a heart attack, that changes your life forever.”
A star at USC, White was a second-round pick by the Titans in the 2006 NFL Draft. He scored 24 touchdowns in four seasons with Tennessee, but was out of the NFL by 2011.
White admitted to the Titans team website that he battled addiction and depression, and considered suicide as his career floundered.
Tennessee Titans RB LenDale White. Photo courtsey of Yahoo! Sports