(WTVY) -- Former Dothan Tiger defensive lineman turned South Alabama Jaguar Nick Fields has been forced to quit the game of football due to health concerns, according to his twitter.
Fields learned just a couple weeks ago that he has an enlarged heart, and now doctors have told him he must hang up the cleats for good.
Fields has been battling heart problems since his sophomore year in high school when he played for the Rehobth Rebels, and it has continued to be a problem up to his freshman year in college.
After being rushed to the hospital in June due to dehydration, tests came back saying his heart was larger than the average organ by a full inch.
The recovery process to try and get him back started shortly after, and just yesterday, the young man ran up and down the field with trainers nearby to see his progress, and he felt as if someone was, "sitting on his chest" it was hard for him to breathe.
Even through the tough battles, Fields remains optimistic, and is thankful the doctors caught it before it was too late.
UPDATE: South Alabama declines to confirm Nick Field's own reports of him having to quit. And doctors are still, "still determining the best situation for Nick, he has not been disqualified from playing yet." According to Brian Fremund of the University of South Alabama.