Former Texas football DE Peter Mpagi gets heart transplant

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An inspiring story came about involving a former Texas football player this week. On social media on Aug. 26, former Texas defensive end Peter Mpagi posted about a heart transplant that he was able to get.

This heart transplant comes a few months after Mpagi had to medically retire from football due to medical issues. The heart problems that played a role in Mpagi getting this transplant were the reason for his early retirement from football.

In a post on social media back in May, Mpagi talked about his medical retirement from football and the diagnosis of cardiomyopathy that he received back in 2019, during his freshman season. He also stated back in May that he was “not fully healed”.

But that day could be coming sooner after seeing Mpagi post about the heart transplant heading into the weekend.

Former Texas football DE Peter Mpagi gets heart transplant

In Mpagi’s post on his Twitter timeline on the evening of Aug. 26, he said “August 25th, 2022 is a day I will never forget” and that “the Lord was able to bless me with a new heart to change my life for the better.”

We will continue to follow Mpagi’s posts on social media following the heart transplant this week to see if there is anything else he has to say on the matter.

Mpagi was originally a three-star recruit that signed with the Longhorns as part of the 2019 class, out of George Ranch High School in Richmond, TX. During his three seasons with Texas, the heart condition kept Mpagi on the sideline most of the way.

But this is great to hear some positive news so soon after Mpagi posted on social media about medically retiring from football this year.

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Texas finished up last season with a record of 5-7 (3-6 Big 12), missing out on bowl season for the first time since 2016. Head coach Steve Sarkisian and the Longhorns will open up the 2022 regular season at home on Sep. 3 against the Louisiana-Monroe Warhawks.