Denver Broncos head coach John Fox underwent successful heart valve replacement surgery on Monday.
“Denver Broncos Head Coach John Fox underwent successful aortic valve replacement surgery this morning at Carolinas HealthCare System’s Sanger Heart & Vascular Institute in Charlotte,” the Broncos said in a statemnt.
“He is currently in the hospital’s post-operative critical care unit, where his recovery is being monitored by doctors.”
“Our family greatly appreciates the overwhelming support and well-wishes we’ve received for John,” said Fox’s wife Robin in a statement. “Along with his medical team, we will take great care of him so he can fully recover and get back to coaching the Broncos as soon as possible.”
Broncos players expressed their thoughts on Fox’s surgery.
“No we’re not going to approach it like that,” said safety David Bruton. “We’re going to win many. Not just one, just keep going, keep going – playing for him, playing for the guys next to us – what we’ve done all year and that’s playing for each other. That’s the way coach would like it.”
Defensive tackle Terrance Knighton said, “I just wish him the best and we’ll definitely go out there with a little extra motivation to play hard for him. But first and foremost, his health is important and his life. I’m just hoping that’s all handled.”
Safety Rahim Moore’s reaction when he heard Fox was hospitalized: “You know what – I think I was eating breakfast or something. Brunch. And I saw at the bottom of the screen. I’m like, ‘What’s going on?’ And then (former Broncos wide receiver) Rod Smith texted me and he kind of gave me the heads up. So immediately I just went into praying and praying for my coach because he’s special to me. He’s the one who really peeped my talent out. He’s made my dream come true. This means a lot to me. So I’m just praying for him. I put it in God’s hands and he’s going to be fine.”
Defensive coordinator Jack Del Rio has been named the Broncos interim head coach while Fox recovers.