Scott was picked by the Seattle Seahawks in the 2014 NFL draft, but was waived by the team on Friday.
Although that seems like a standard occurrence for a late-round draft pick, Scott wasn’t just waived because the Seahawks didn’t see a need for him on their roster.
“After undergoing an extensive physical with our medical staff last week, Scott’s examination revealed a rare heart condition that will prevent him from any on-field participation in the near future,” Seahawks general manager John Schneider said in a statement, as reported by Yahoo Sports.
“We think highly of Scott as a person and as a football player. The team is committed to supporting Garrett in the months to come and will continue to help him determine his next steps.”
Scott played 41 games at Marshall and got through the pre-draft process with his heart condition going unnoticed, but now the Seahawks’ doctors believe that it will prevent him from playing football ever again.
But the team, obviously realizing what Scott must be going through, signed him anyway. By signing him and waiving him, he’ll still get a signing bonus and a first-year salary totaling around $555,000.
The Seahawks likely won’t miss that money, but it was still a classy move nonetheless.