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In the football world, the long snapper is only noticed or discussed when things go (very) wrong on the field. However, in the case of New Orleans Saints long snapper Jon Dorenbos, he has become something of a beloved figure around the league, both for stellar play on the field and inspiring life away from the game.

Unfortunately, Dorenbos won’t be playing football for an indefinite amount of time, as the Saints announced Friday that an aortic aneurysm has been discovered that will require surgery.

Saints head coach Sean Payton announced that Dorenbos’ issue was unearthed following a physical and he indicated that Saints doctor Dr. John Amoss “basically saved (Dorenbos’) life with his findings” on the ailment. It remains to be seen if Dorenbos can operate in the league again but, in the meantime, the Saints will be in search of a long snapper with Week 1 approaching rapidly on the horizon.

Prior to arriving in New Orleans, the veteran long snapper spent more than a decade with the Philadelphia Eagles organization and even appeared on “America’s Got Talent” as a magician just one year ago. Surgery will reportedly be scheduled quickly but, aside from the football implications, thoughts and prayers are with Dorenbos and his family.

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