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Chiefs waive tackle who had heart attack in training camp last year

Tavon Rooks, Sage Harold AP

The Chiefs might have saved Tavon Rooks’s life last summer. But they’re not going to keep him on the payroll.

According to the league’s daily transaction notice, the Chiefs have waived the second-year tackle with a non-football illness designation.

Last summer, Rooks suffered a heart attack during a training camp practice, and credited the team’s medical and training staff with keeping him alive at a time when he considered pushing through the pain because he was trying to make the team.

The team took care of his medical bills last year when he was hospitalized. But while his football career’s over, the former Saints draft pick said then he was grateful to simply be alive for his daughter.

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17 Responses to “Chiefs waive tackle who had heart attack in training camp last year”
  1. thegreatgabbert says: Feb 19, 2016 5:28 PM

    Just for fun they went to his house, waited until he was snoozing, then dumped a bucket of cold water on him and shouted “You’re fired!”.

  2. bossytrottiergillies says: Feb 19, 2016 5:58 PM

    That 700k was breaking the bank for them. Poor billionaires.

  3. darkneptune73 says: Feb 19, 2016 6:04 PM

    Classless comment by thegreatgabbert.

  4. whiteybulgersson says: Feb 19, 2016 6:11 PM

    Classless organization.

    Bob Kraft would never do this or Belichick.

  5. doe22us says: Feb 19, 2016 6:38 PM

    Life is too short a friend of mine cousin died suddenly from a heart attack.. How old you may ask 26.. He is lucky to be alive.

  6. vikesfansteve says: Feb 19, 2016 6:39 PM

    Brad Chilldress is there. He cut marcus Robinson on Christmas Eve for having the nerve to say that Chilli should adjust plays to the players skills on the team. He also cut Moss for bad mouthing him after a loss to the Pats because he didn’t listen to Moss’s advise so Randy pulled a Randy and played like he ate food not good enough to feed his dog from the caterer. Don’t forget his role in the Eagles TO disaster. They took Scrooges people skills to heart in KC. Literally.

  7. kcchiefs19 says: Feb 19, 2016 6:50 PM

    bossytrottiergillies
    Feb 19, 2016, 3:58 PM MST
    That 700k was breaking the bank for them. Poor billionaires.
    ——————————————————–

    #glasshouses

    Remind yourself of that the next time you pass a homeless person or family on the street corner and don’t put them up or take them home with you. the Chiefs kept this guy on the paid roster for a year….exactly how long would keep paying someone who couldn’t work, regardless of how badly you felt for them personally?

  8. bossytrottiergillies says: Feb 19, 2016 8:08 PM

    @kcchiefs19 #glasshouses

    Remind yourself of that the next time you pass a homeless person or family on the street corner and don’t put them up or take them home with you. the Chiefs kept this guy on the paid roster for a year….exactly how long would keep paying someone who couldn’t work, regardless of how badly you felt for them personally?
    ______________________________
    A homeless person and a family on a street corner weren’t employed by me. Chiefs employed him. They have 300+ positions within their organization, plus the MILLIONS they donate to the communities as their “show” of compassion. They had a chance to do that with one of “their own” and tossed him out.
    #KCapologist
    #Bollionaire apologist.

  9. staff2cj says: Feb 19, 2016 8:19 PM

    “cut a guy who had a heart attack???? keep it classy KC

  10. gonakgod says: Feb 19, 2016 8:34 PM

    Hillarious comment by thegreatgabbert

  11. babygaga19 says: Feb 19, 2016 8:57 PM

    Class act by the Chiefs. Seriously! They didn’t have to do that. Well played.

  12. eagles1960 says: Feb 19, 2016 9:21 PM

    Have a heart KC.

  13. brawlkc says: Feb 19, 2016 9:53 PM

    They kept the guy on payroll for an entire year. Not really sure how anybody is having a go at the organization. Guess sad bastard commenters need to feel better about themselves

  14. philyeagles5 says: Feb 19, 2016 11:34 PM

    Classless because they feel like

  15. phillybrilliance says: Feb 20, 2016 1:59 AM

    Career’s is a possessive pronoun and does not belong in the article. Conjugating improperly can lead to conjunctivitis which can lead to death after a firm bout with tooth decay and sepsis. Lets think twice before using improper English.

  16. araidersfan says: Feb 20, 2016 5:49 AM

    I can’t stand the Chiefs (division rival) but I can’t flame them for this move. Because any fan who’s honest with themselves knows that their own team would’ve also cut Rooks. The NFL is a cutthroat business.

    I will say that Rooks is very fortunate that he didn’t wind up a training camp heart failure fatality like Korey Stringer did several years ago.

  17. dreemeagle says: Feb 20, 2016 9:25 PM

    the entire NFL used to be heartless, but this third generation of billionaire owners is showing us all something;

    the Bengals did much the same thing for a player whose infant daughter whipped cancer because of their humanity;

    the Browns had every right to grip Gordon and then Manziel like a 6-in. putt, but didn’t;

    though i cannot at all agree with the chances extended to Hardy and Incognito, the above situations (and undoubtedly others i didn’t mention) deserve a great deal of merit;

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