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How Sleep Apnea Ruined a top NFL Draft Pick’s Career

Would you seek immediate help for a condition that was not only ruining your sleep, but shortening your life and possibly damaging your career? Most people would run to the nearest doctor to get help as quickly as possible; however, when it comes to sleep apnea, many people are unaware that they suffer from the condition and unknowingly allow the sleep disorder to negatively impact their lives.

Such was the case with a #1 NFL draft pick whose disappointing career may have been cut short by a treatable health condition. Coming off a highly successful college career, where he became well-known for his amazing throwing arm, JaMarcus Russell was selected by the Oakland Raiders with the very first pick of the 2007 draft. At 6’7, healthy, and with nothing but quality stats behind him, Russell looked forward to many successful seasons leading the Raiders offense. Unfortunately, the next few NFL seasons proved to be nothing short of failures. Over a period of just a few years, Russell’s rocket arm seemed to lose its flare, which left coaches, players, and fans wondering what went wrong.

A Career Downfall Due To an Untreated Sleep Disorder

As seasons passed, Russell wasn’t improving and his success was hardly measurable. After two unsuccessful seasons, the Raiders released Russell, leaving everyone shocked. As speculation built, it wasn’t until recently that Russell blamed lethargic practices and film-watching sessions that were completed in a fatigued and tired state. After quarterback coach John DeFilippo ruled out a busy night-life as the cause of Russell’s lethargy and fatigue, he advised him to seek medical advice and undergo a sleep study.

The sleep study held the answers to Russell’s poor NFL performance and he was found to be suffering from sleep apnea. The condition left him tired, unenergetic, lethargic, and unable to concentrate, which may explain his performance problems in the NFL. With his announcement, NFL fans, coaches, and players have become more aware of sleep apnea. Before that, the condition seemed relatively anonymous, even after NFL lineman Reggie White’s death in 2004 due to complications of sleep apnea.

Protect Your Health, Life, And Your Career

Diagnosis and proper treatment is the only way to stop sleep apnea in its tracks. A sleep physician will be able to diagnose you with sleep apnea or some other type of sleep disorder. If you are positively diagnosed as a sleep apneic, don’t wait to contact Dr. Siegel’s office today for reliable, effective treatment options. We are available by phone and email, which means that scheduling a sleep apnea consultation is quick, easy, and convenient. Get started on treating your sleep apnea today!