A heart donor has been found for the 8-year-old son of Greg Olsen, the retired Carolina Panthers tight end announced on social media Friday.
The news of a donor comes eight days after Olsen's son, TJ, was placed on the transplant list.
"Today is a day of mixed emotions," Olsen wrote on Instagram. "A day we have prayed for has arrived. We were alerted last night that there was a donor match for TJ to receive his heart transplant.
"Walking our little boy, with tears of hope and fear in our eyes, was one of the toughest moments of our lives. We ask for everyone's prayers for TJ and his amazing team of doctors and nurses."
Later Friday, Olsen tweeted that TJ was out of surgery and expressed his condolences and gratitude to the donor family for their "selflessness."
TJ was born in 2012 with a congenital heart defect that required four surgeries, including three open-heart procedures and the installation of a pacemaker.
On May 24, Olsen wrote in a series of tweets that TJ's heart was "reaching its end" and that "ultimately could lead to a transplant."
"TJ has a long road ahead of him, but today is a huge step forward," Olsen wrote Friday. "From the bottom of our hearts, thank you for the outpouring of support through the journey."
Olsen and his wife, Kara, began the HEARTest Yard initiative shortly after the birth of TJ and his twin sister, Talbot, to raise money for less fortunate families going through crises like theirs.
The three-time Pro Bowl selection has donated millions to that charity and to the building of a 25,000-square-foot facility at Levine Children's Hospital in Charlotte known as the HEARTest Yard Congenital Heart Center.
Former Panthers tight end Greg Olsen says son's heart 'reaching its end'
TJ has been in the care of doctors at the facility since.
"We don't know how long we will be within these hospital walls," Olsen tweeted in May. "We do know that we are in full control of our attitudes and our outlook."
Prayers for TJ, from celebrities to people Olsen has never met, have flooded his timeline since the initial announcement. Olsen recently shared a photo from TJ's Little League team, which has been a large part of the family's support.
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New York Jets WR Jamison Crowder not at offseason workouts as team negotiates new deal
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FLORHAM PARK, N.J. -- New York Jets wide receiver Jamison Crowder is staying away from offseason workouts as he and the team attempt to renegotiate his contract.
The Jets are among the league leaders in salary-cap space (about $27 million), but they're trying to get Crowder to take a pay cut. Crowder, who led the team in receptions in 2020 and 2021, is due to make $10 million in base pay in the final year of his contract. The salary is not guaranteed, which means the Jets can cut him at any time.
The Jets drafted Crowder's eventual replacement with the 34th overall pick, former Ole Miss slot receiver Elijah Moore, but they still want Crowder on the team -- at their price. His current cap charge is $11.4 million, third highest on the team.
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Coach Robert Saleh said the two sides are "working through some stuff with his contract," but he painted an optimistic picture. He said Crowder will "absolutely" be on the roster.
"[We're] really confident to get Jamison here quickly," Saleh said. "When we do, he definitely has a role on this team."
Crowder, who turns 28 on June 17, was the Jets' most consistent player on offense the past two seasons. In 2020, he recorded 59 catches for 699 yards and six touchdowns -- all team highs. He missed four games due to leg injuries. He was better in 2019, with 78 catches, 833 yards and six touchdowns.
The Jets still finished 32nd in total yards both years.
They revamped the receiving corps this offseason, signing Corey Davis (three years, $37.5 million) and Keelan Cole (one year, $5 million) and drafting Moore. The rookie has impressed in early practices.
Still, Crowder is their most accomplished receiver, and his absence is costing him an opportunity to develop chemistry with rookie quarterback Zach Wilson, the presumptive starter. Another key player on offense, left tackle Mekhi Becton, is sitting out with a foot injury. He's suffering from plantar fasciitis, the NFL Network reported. Becton, their No. 1 pick in 2020, won't require surgery, according to Saleh, who said "it's really not a big deal."
Becton, who injured the foot 11 days ago in the first practice, made an appearance on the practice field Friday, but didn't participate in any drills. The issue with Becton, listed at 6-foot-7, 363 pounds, is his weight. Saleh hinted that Becton needs to improve his conditioning. He was overweight by the end of last season, a team source said.
"Their body is their moneymaker," Saleh said. "The amount of investment you put into your body is the amount you get back. That's part of the learning progression of young men.
"They've got to learn how to take care of their bodies. They've got to learn how to eat right, how to work out right, how to rest right, regenerate right -- all the things that lead to longevity in this league. Mekhi is one of those. He's a talented young man, he's a very large young man, and he's learning every day what it takes to be a professional. We've got a lot of faith in him."
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