BEREA (92.3 The Fan) – Cleveland Browns guard Jason Pinkston hopes to return to the field next year.
Pinkston, who was hospitalized with blood clots in his lungs in October, spoke for the first time since becoming ill Friday afternoon.
“Feeling pretty good can’t complain,” Pinkston said. “Working out, playing basketball just waiting to get back to next year.
“I feel normal, like nothing ever happened.”
Pinkston remains on blood thinners but is grateful to survive what doctors told him was a life threatening situation.
“It was pretty scary,” Pinkston said. “He said if I would’ve stayed in that game versus Cincinnati, if I would’ve gotten hit or taken a shot or something like that, I could’ve probably died then so I’m all happy about it that I’m still here.”
Pinkston had no idea how serious his condition was and thought he simply had bronchitis.
“Pretty thankful,” Pinkston said. “I mean that’s scary, especially not knowing. I was pretty sick with bronchitis that whole week and a little bit before, so I thought I was just sick.”
While he has been cleared to resume some athletic activities, doctors have cautioned him to be careful while he’s still on blood thinners.
Pinkston said that he will require further testing before he is medically cleared to play next season and the experience has changed his outlook on life.