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Grandfield's Brown shows he has plenty of heart

Garrison Brown is a gym rat, by nature. Keeping the 6-foot, 220-pound Grandfield offensive guard out of the weight room had always been nearly impossible.

Until this past summer.

After several episodes in the spring where his heart rate jumped to abnormally high levels, Brown's doctor prescribed him to wear a heart monitor from June 23 to July 23. Orders were to lay off all physical activity.

In late July when Brown's heart began pounding sporadically, the doctor recommended a cardiac ablation, a surgical procedure that can correct arrhythmia by removing extra nerves that form around heart.

The situation wasn't life-threatening, but there were murmurs Brown wouldn't be able to play football this season, perhaps longer.

"I was never thinking that way," Brown said of being sidelined. "I figured I might be out a few weeks or so."

He proved himself right.

Brown underwent an eight-hour heart surgery Aug. 12, slowly nursed his way back to health, and got some good news last Tuesday when the doctor cleared him to play in Class C No. 5 Grandfield's 50-6 blowout Friday of top-10 Thackerville.

The Lawton Constitution

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