Young Ohio State Fan Asks Doctors If Heart Surgery Will Make Him a Michigan Fan

Thomas Duffy@@TJDhoopsFeatured ColumnistAugust 25, 2015

Ohio State running back Ezekiel Elliott plays against Michigan during an NCAA college football game Saturday, Nov. 29, 2014, in Columbus, Ohio. (AP Photo/Jay LaPrete)
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The rivalry between Ohio State and Michigan burns deep within fans of both sides, so much so that a young Buckeyes supporter had qualms about going under the knife for heart surgery.

Huh? Let the 10-year-old's mother explain, courtesy of Michigan's Health System blog:

As pediatric cardiologist Dr. Ronald Grifka showed 10-year-old Ivan Applin the wire-framed device that would be used to fix the holes in his heart, the Toledo fourth grader had just one burning concern.

"He asked if the Michigan doctors were going to make his heart love University of Michigan instead of Ohio State," his mother Jennifer laughs.

For a fourth-grade kid—or anyone, really—that's some serious fanhood. Upon looking at an apparatus that will go on his heart, little Ivan's biggest worry was about his beloved Buckeyes.

A word of advice to Ivan, though: If OSU quarterback Cardale Jones visits you, don't challenge him to a video game.

[Michigan Health Blogs, h/t SB Nation]