Jerome Harrison Brain Tumor: Life-Saving Sugery Ends Tumor Fiasco

Kyle VassaloFeatured ColumnistOctober 23, 2011

CLEVELAND, OH - AUGUST 19: Jerome Harrison #36 of the Detroit Lions rushes for a first down against Raymond Ventrone #41 of the Cleveland Browns during the third quarter at Cleveland Browns Stadium on August 19, 2011 in Cleveland, Ohio. The Tigers defeated the Browns 30-28. (Photo by Jason Miller/Getty Images)
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It's hard to call a guy who has a brain tumor lucky, but it took a miraculous string of events for Jerome Harrison's life-saving surgery to even be possible.

A week ago, Harrison had no idea he had a brain tumor. Jahvid Best went down, the Lions tried to swap Harrison and some change for Ronnie Brown and during that physical, Harrison's tumor was discovered.

No Best concussion, no Harrison trade, no discovery of the tumor. Doctors removed the tumor Friday, and they believe the operation was a success, according to ESPN.

It seems as though Harrison's nightmare is over. While it's unclear what his NFL future holds, Harrison is just lucky to be alive at this point.

There is no telling how long the tumor would have went undetected, and the fact that they were able to operate successfully and take the mass out in time is the perfect ending to what could have been a much more serious situation.

ESPN reveals that the MRI was prompted by Harrison's complaint of headaches. He could have easily concealed his concerns to ensure that the trade went through successfully, but his openness and honesty may have ultimately saved his life.

This is an incredible story with a storybook ending, and regardless of what happens throughout the rest of his NFL career, he has to consider himself extremely blessed.

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