Radio.com: Kidney transplant survivor Logan Bradley recounts playing Madden with Patrick Mahomes
Budding baseball star Logan Bradley grew up worshipping Cardinals greats Yadier Molina and Matt Carpenter. The Nevada, Missouri native had hoped to play collegiately, until that dream was taken from him in July of 2016. That’s when Logan, who feared he might have diabetes because of all the water he was drinking, was rushed to a local hospital, where doctors discovered he was missing his right kidney and his left kidney was only functioning at about 20 percent.
Months later in March of 2017, Logan was placed on the donor list. Miraculously, he found a match within hours and received his kidney transplant the following night. But Logan wasn’t out of the woods yet.
“The kidney rejection probably started, I would say September of 2017,” recalled Logan in his interview with lead video producer BJ Barretta of RADIO.COM Sports. “I was just crying a lot, you know, it sucked. I couldn't believe it really.” Logan spent his next two years in and out of the hospital, at one point crossing paths with Chiefs superstar Patrick Mahomes. The All-Pro quarterback paid him a visit at Children’s Mercy Hospital in Kansas City, signing a football for Logan and even playing him in a game of Madden.
“I remember he threw an interception,” Logan laughed. "He just asked if I ever played football and just kind of had a normal conversation with me. It was pretty cool.”
After his memorable encounter with Mahomes, there’s no mystery who Logan will be cheering for on Sunday. “I don’t really like Tom Brady,” Logan admitted. “I’m hoping Mahomes can go out there and show him who’s the real GOAT.”
On top of being one of the NFL’s brightest stars, the 25-year-old Mahomes is well-known for his charitable work off the field, especially through his foundation, “15 and the Mahomies,” which aims to improve the lives of children throughout Greater Kansas City.
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