Former Alabama Crimson Tide quarterback and current Arizona Cardinals quarterbacks coach Freddie Kitchens underwent heart surgery on Tuesday night.
Kitchens, 38, reported feeling light-headed during practice on Tuesday. The QB coach tried to make it through practice, but the team trainer insisted Kitchens be taken to the hospital, where a CT scan revealed a defective aorta. Kitchens was taken into surgery at the Arizona Heart Institute.
Cardinals head coach Bruce Arians Tweeted a prayer request to fans on Wednesday:
— Bruce Arians (@Bruce_Arians) June 6, 2013
The Cardinals reported on Wednesday that the surgery went well, and were optimistic about Kitchens’ prognosis. Arians said Kitchens had cracked a joke after the surgery.
Kitchens played for the Crimson Tide from 1995 to 1997, throwing for 4,668 yards with 30 touchdowns. Alabama went 22-13 during Kitchens run as the starting quarterback, and appeared in the Gator, Citrus and Outback Bowls. Kitchens left Alabama ranked third in school history in passing attempts, fourth in passing yards and fifth in completions.