The 38-year-old Kitchens released a statement Monday in which he thanked the Cardinals medical staff and local medical professionals for helping to save his life.
"Looking back, I have no doubt -- none whatsoever -- that I wouldn't be here today if it wasn't for the those people. I've played or coached football my whole life so I can definitely appreciate teamwork and a smooth, efficient operation but the work those doctors, nurses and medical personnel do is just incredible. Again, I wouldn't be alive without them. I'm overwhelmed by the prayers and kindness everyone has sent my way; from the Cardinals, throughout the NFL, in Arizona, Alabama and everywhere else. I realize how truly fortunate I am and the blessing I have been given."