Updated: October 28, 2020 06:36 PM
Created: October 28, 2020 05:47 PM
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M.- UNM wide receiver Jordan Kress has gone through a battle with COVID-19.
After testing positive for the virus, Kress said he was asymptomatic, and felt strong.
Encouragement from loved ones helped him get through isolation.
"My family and my teammates-- they gave me the greatest support, supported me if I need a lunch or anything," Kress said. "They would text me, 'hey, did you get your lunch today,' and brought me that."
Weeks after the positive test, Kress said he felt chest pains for more than a week.
He got evaluated again to see what was wrong.
"Went and got tested on my heart, actually-- EKG, Echo MRI, and I had some scar tissue in there from what they call myocarditis," Kress said.
Kress had inflammation and scar tissue in his heart.
Recovery required rest with more monitoring and tests.
After what felt like a lifetime away from practice, Kress was cleared to play this week.
"He's got great respect amongst his peers," said UNM Head Football Coach Danny Gonzales. "I think when you have somebody that works as hard as he does, on and off the field, that speaks volumes for one his character."
Last year, Kress led by example as the team's leading receiver.
Kress is one of 12 players on the team's leadership group. It's a responsibility he's honored to have.
"With the given season, I wanna play as many games as I can," he said. "That's what I'm here to do. That's what I love to do. There's no other place I wanna be."
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