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Ex-UM, Dolphins receiver Perriman moved to Atlanta hospital after stroke

Brett Perriman shows off as Otis Smith argues the defensive pass interference call in a 1997 Jets-Dolphins matchup.
Brett Perriman shows off as Otis Smith argues the defensive pass interference call in a 1997 Jets-Dolphins matchup. Herald File

Brett Perriman, a home-grown wide receiver who played for both the Miami Dolphins and Miami Hurricanes, has been moved to an Atlanta hospital after suffering a significant stroke locally on May 3.

Perriman, 50, has spent the past several weeks at Palmetto General Hospital in Hialeah. On Friday, medics moved him to Shepherd Center in his adopted hometown of Atlanta for stroke rehabilitation, according to the hospital.

Shepherd Center admitted him into its intensive care unit, but Perriman will soon transition into the hospital’s acquired brain injury unit for evaluation, care and observation.

“Stroke rehabilitation at Shepherd Center is designed to meet the medical, physical, cognitive and emotional needs of the patient while supporting and coordinating with the patient’s family,” the hospital said in a release. “Shepherd also integrates into the patient’s rehabilitation program a number of high-tech pieces of therapeutic equipment to maximize recovery and independence, supporting a return to a productive lifestyle.”

While the Perriman family, including son Breshad, a wide receiver for the Baltimore Ravens, has appreciated an outpouring of support from fans since his stroke, they ask for privacy at this time, the hospital added.

Perriman, a graduate of Miami Northwestern, played four years for the Miami Hurricanes before being selected by the Saints in the second round of the 1988 Draft. He played one year for the Dolphins — 1997, the last season of his career. He caught 525 passes for 6,589 yards and 30 touchdowns as a pro.

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