Jesse Williams, Seattle Seahawks DT, Diagnosed With Kidney Cancer


Yesterday’s article was about Washington Huskies’ SS Darin Harris’ career-ending and life-altering injury. Today, it’s cancer for a member of the Seattle Seahawks. Jesse Williams is a guy that players and especially teammates have come to root for. He has been a hard worker and a great teammate by all accounts since being drafted by the Seahawks in 2013. However, a pair of knee injuries have kept him on the injured reserve for each of his first two seasons.

Career-threatening injuries are unfortunate, but life-threatening diagnoses are a tragedy. Unfortunately, the latter has become a reality for Williams, as he and the Seahawks announced.

Williams appears to be taking the situation as well as is possible. Here is his official statement for the team release.

"“Although disappointing, I am a fighter and will handle this. I am going to focus on my health and fighting this battle with a return to football as my ultimate goal. Thank you for your thoughts and support. Go Hawks!”"

And this from John Schneider.

"“Jesse is an extraordinarily tough individual who has overcome a great deal in his life and we will support him in any way possible. He is in our thoughts and prayers.”"

Ditto, John.

This will be a trying time for Williams and his family, but God works all things together for good. And if there is anyone whose shoulders are broad enough, it’s Jesse Williams.

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