According to Medical News Today, sickle cell anemia is the most common blood disorder in the United States. It affects almost 100,000 Americans, including former Pittsburgh Steelers 2012 Pro Bowler and Super Bowl XLIII Champion, Ryan Clark. Many of you will remember Clark missing a game back in 2012 against the Denver Broncos.
This disease most commonly affects African-Americans and causes irregularly shaped red blood cells which can slow the flow of oxygen in parts of the human body. This illness has strongly resonated with another Steelers Super Bowl Champion and former XLIII MVP, Santonio Holmes. His son, Santonio “TJ” Holmes III started carrying symptoms of the disease at an early age.