Former USC football player Quinton Powell hospitalized with COVID-19 symptoms

<img class="caas-img has-preview" alt="Former USC linebacker Quinton Powell in 2016. (Harry How / Getty Images)” src=”–/YXBwaWQ9aGlnaGxhbmRlcjt3PTY0MDtoPTg3NC4xNDYzNDE0NjM0MTQ2/” data-src=”–/YXBwaWQ9aGlnaGxhbmRlcjt3PTY0MDtoPTg3NC4xNDYzNDE0NjM0MTQ2/”>
Former USC linebacker Quinton Powell in 2016. (Harry How / Getty Images)

Former USC linebacker Quinton Powell has been hospitalized with symptoms of COVID-19 and is pleading for others on social media to “stay inside and stop playing with this.”

Powell, who underwent a test for the coronavirus, made his symptoms public with an Instagram post Saturday. In the photo, Powell is lying on a hospital bed, wearing a mask and gown, with medical equipment along the wall behind him.

“Been scared since yesterday man,” Powell wrote in the post. “Y’all really stay isolated. … be all fun and games til u in the hospital getting a shot in yo ahh and Qtips stuck up your nose til it touch your brain. This isn’t a message for sympathy cause I know who really cares about me and my well being, but this is a message so everyone really stays inside and stop playing with this. Everybody stay safe. Real talk. Peace, love and happiness.”

Powell isolated for multiple days in a hotel room before checking into a hospital in Iowa.

“I won’t stop can’t stop,” Powell wrote in a later post. “So don’t worry I got business to take care of my daughter to see so trust me Ima #FightOn.”

Powell last played for the Trojans in their wild 2017 Rose Bowl victory over Penn State, as he was thrust into action in place of ejected starter Cameron Smith. Over a four-year career, Powell racked up 58 tackles, spending most of his time on special teams.

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