Texans Quessenberry emotional in first game after cancer
Sports Xchange - Friday 11th August, 2017
Houston Texans offensive tackle David Quessenberry was admittedly emotional after playing in a preseason game on Wednesday.
The contest wasn't just your run-of-the-mill game for Quessenberry. The 26-year-old was playing in an NFL game for the first time since being diagnosed with non-Hodgkin T-lymphoblastic lymphoma three years ago.
Quessenberry finished his last chemotherapy treatment in April and returned to the practice field for the first time during OTAs.
"I was nervous for about three days leading up to this," Quessenberry said, per ESPN. "Even a preseason game. It was probably the most nervous I've been for a football game in my life. Before the game I got really emotional when I saw some of my family out there on the sideline. But once the first play started, it was back to football."
Houston coach Bill O'Brien knew just how significant the game was for Quessenberry.
"To come from where he's come from, it's just incredible that he just played in an NFL football game," O'Brien said. "I'm telling you, just think about that -- all that he's been through. How special he is to this organization. To be able to go out there and play in an NFL game is a pretty big deal."
Quessenberry was named the 2017 winner of the prestigious George Halas Award, the Professional Football Writers of America organization announced in June. The Halas Award is annually presented to a NFL player, coach or staff member who overcomes the most adversity to succeed.
Quessenberry is entering his fifth season in the Texans' organization and has yet to play in an NFL regular-season game.
Quessenberry, born in the San Diego suburb of La Jolla, was a sixth-round draft pick out of San Jose State in 2013. He spent the entire 2013 season on injured reserve after suffering a broken foot.
In June 2014, he was laboring through workouts with fatigue and a persistent cough and was diagnosed with non-Hodgkin's lymphoma. He spent the past three seasons on Houston's non-football illness list.
After being medically cleared, he took part in his first organized team activities' session on May 22.
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