Thirty-one year-old Alan Faneca last had a seizure in college, but the 6-foot-5, 307-pound Jets guard was diagnosed with epilepsy as a freshman in high school. Since then, he’s worked with the Epilepsy Foundation to raise awareness and money for research into the neurological disorder.
Greg Bishop of the New York Times reports that Faneca is an inspiration to those who live with the epilepsy, which is characterized by recurrent seizures.
“When Faneca speaks about living with epilepsy, he tells the story about the time he woke up one morning, had a seizure and, feeling the need to go somewhere, rushed to school in the same ratty shirt and shorts he wore the night before,” writes Bishop. More