Here’s your feel-good story of the day: three years after he was diagnosed with cancer, the Houston Texans have promoted offensive lineman David Quessenberry to the 53-man roster from their practice squad.
Quessenberry, a sixth-round pick out of San Jose State in 2013, has yet to play in a regular-season game. He suffered a season-ending foot injury early in his rookie year, and then on June 10, 2014, the Texans announced that the 6-foot-5 tackle had been diagnosed with non-Hodgkin T-lymphoblastic lymphoma after complaining of shortness of breath and a consistent cough during minicamp.
Doctors discovered a mass in his lungs, and enough fluid had built up – he had two liters of blood removed – that it could have been fatal if there was a delay in treatment.
He was 23-years-old at the time. He’s now 27.
Quessenberry has worked to regain the weight and strength that he lost during the course of his treatments, and the Texans have stood by him for all this time. Last year, he was well enough to serve as something of an assistant offensive line coach, attending meetings and road games.
Throughout this season, he’s been toiling on the practice squad, one of the 10 guys giving the team depth, working and waiting for his opportunity.
In April, Quessenberry was declared cancer-free and completed his chemo treatments at the renowned MD Anderson Cancer in Texas; it is a tradition that patients ring a bell to signal that they’re done.
Quessenberry rang it right off the wall.
cancer did NOT make me strong. cancer did NOT make my family strong. cancer did NOT galvanize my community. cancer did NOT bring rival team Head Coaches and players together to support me. cancer did NOT bring people together. cancer did NOT make people travel hundreds of miles to help me and my family in our time of need. cancer did NOT make people pray for me. cancer did NOT bring me my Angel. cancer did NOT make me thankful for my life. cancer did NOT make me a believer that there is more to this world than just our eyes can see. cancer did NOT shape me into the man I am today. Love did. It has Been more than 1000 days since my fight began. Yesterday I received my last infusion of chemo therapy. The things I have seen and the things I felt through my fight I could never forget and last night after a full day at MD Anderson I watched a video that @meeeglit put together for me. It was filled with short clips of the people I hold most dear to me that lasted for more than an hour and every second of It was absolutely incredible. I don't know what to say to every one other than Thank You, I Love you, and I will never forget you and the kindness and Love you showed me. -DQ "Love backed by Faith is unstoppable" P.S. this bell just like cancer never stood a chance…
A post shared by David Quessenberry (@davidqberry) on Apr 12, 2017 at 1:11pm PDT
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