PITTSBURGH, PA - DECEMBER 22: The new University of Pittsburgh head football coach, Paul Chryst, speaks during a press conference on December 22, 2011 at the University of Pittsburgh Panthers South Side training facility in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)
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Derrick Burns, a 20-year-old freshman fullback at the University of Pittsburgh, suffered a stroke on Tuesday, but he's now in stable condition and is expected to recover fully. While the stroke is not believed to be related to football, it is unlikely that Burns will ever play the sport again, according to his family.
CBS Pittsburgh spoke with Dan Burns, Derrick's adoptive father:
"'Coach, I think I'm done with football,'" Dan Burns said of Derrick. "We kind of had a little laugh over that - through the seriousness of it all we still had a little laugh over that."
"Paul Chryst, the class act that he is, says, ‘Derrick, I don't care about football right now. We just got to get you better,'" Burns continued.