Brandon Noble -Ex-NFL Player Joins MRSA Survivors Network as Spokesperson
Brandon Noble was a defensive tackle for the Washington Redskins and played for four years with the Dallas Cowboys and also with the San Francisco 49ers. He played college football at Penn State.
In April 2005, Brandon had a routine operation to clean out his right knee – the usual wear and tear of a football player. He thought he would be ready for the fall season, but he contracted a MRSA infection that would end up finishing his professional football career.
Eight days after surgery he was home and felt sick. The infection spread down his leg and if he had waited any longer for treatment, he could have lost his leg. Weeks of IV antibiotics weakened him and he had reactions to them. He took oral antibiotics and finally was given a clean bill of health and wanted to return to training, but injured his other leg by compensating for his leg that had MRSA. He had a bone bruise, which kept swelling and had surgeries to drain it.
Brandon had more complications from his last surgery and developed blood clots, one in each lung, and was on blood thinners for 6 months. This infection had a huge impact on his life and has continued to impact him and his family. He is watching every cut and scrape that his kids get because he does not want them to have to suffer the way he did. To say that this career ending journey had been difficult for him and his family would be an understatement, and he had a preventable healthcare-acquired MRSA infection to thank for it.
Brandon joined MRSA Survivors Network in June of 2017 as a Spokesperson to help raise awareness and educate the public on the ongoing MRSA epidemic. We welcome Brandon to our team!