Undefeated Podcast

Randy Russell: Heart Broken

Growing up in the tough streets of Miami Gardens, Randy and so many of his friends used football as a way to escape the streets. By the time Randy was a sophomore at Miami Carrol City High School, the scholarships started pouring in. He ended up with over 50 scholarships to play Division 1 football. On signing day he decided to stay close to home and play for the Florida Gators. During a routine pre-participation physical, an EKG showed an abnormality in Randy’s heart. After further testing, Randy was diagnosed with Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy, a condition that thickens the walls of his heart and restricts blood flow to the body’s most vital organ. The risks include the heart valves closing, which could lead to an instant cardiac arrest. It signaled an immediate medical disqualification. Randy’s dream of playing for the Gators before it began. I sat down with Randy to talk about how through all his pain and disappointment, his faith and purpose in life remains Undefeated.