As America continues to battle the effects of COVID-19, the 2020 fall college football season remains uncertain as players and even entire conferences have pulled out. Unfortunately for Georgia State first-year quarterback Mikele Colasurdo, the virus made that decision for him.
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He announced Thursday that he had been diagnosed with unspecified heart disease as a result of his battle with COVID-19 and that he would miss the upcoming season. The state of Georgia said it could not comment on individual student-athletes, but a handful of professional and university athletes spoke out about myocarditis and other heart issues stemming from COVID-19.
1 Corinthians 2: 5 pic.twitter.com/KSIRALqfY0
– Mikele Colasurdo (@mikelecolasurdo) August 20, 2020
“I am very grateful to everyone who reached out and prayed for me,” he wrote on Twitter. “… Ultimately, it was the procedures and tests established by the GSU that allowed the doctors to find this disease in my heart and help keep me safe. I’m very grateful. I can’t wait to see my team compete this fall and couldn’t be more excited to come back for the 2021 season! Go the Panthers!
Colasurdo’s tweet refers to the biblical verse 1 Corinthians 2: 5, which says: “so that your faith is not based on human wisdom, but on the power of God”.
The quarterback says he believes in Twitter and says, “Jesus, Personally Precious, World Famous” on his Instagram page. A previous post of his mentions that he plays for a One – God only audience.
Colasurdo – a former three-star rookie, 3A South Carolina State Champion and South Carolina Gatorade Player of the Year – had 36 passing touchdowns, 15 rushing touchdowns and over 3,000 yards per pass as a senior at Chapman High School. He signed up at Georgia State in Atlanta for the 2020 spring semester and was scheduled to compete for the open starting quarterback position.
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