The Story of Houston Texan David Quessenberry

He was drafted in the sixth round out of San Jose State.  That’s the kind of draft position that makes your family proud but rarely portends any kind of NFL success.

But Quessenberry was someone that I was keeping an eye on because Pat Kirwan, a respected NFL analyst whose work I enjoy, said during a camp visit that he had selected DQ as his one player in the NFL each year to surprise everyone.

I thought we had gotten a steal in the sixth round.  And frankly, it was looking that way until the training team saw something out of sorts, checked him out, and immediately got him to the Houston Medical Center for evaluation.

Non-Hodgkin T-lymphoblastic lymphoma….that’s what they call it.  It doesn’t sound friendly.  I have no idea what that is or what it means.  But he battled this thing over the last few years like so many cancer patients do.

What made this battle interesting to me was the lofty goals Quessenberry set for himself in his recovery.  Beat the cancer.  That goes without saying.  Play in the NFL.

Well,…okay son.  Let’s see what you can do.

He has been a fixture around the team during his recovery.  There have been regular updates in the media about his progress and setbacks.  He has been in camp and he has been released.  He was a featured story on Hard Knocks a couple years ago when Coach Bill O’Brien had to deliver some heartbreaking news.

Well, this week, on Christmas Day, 4 years after being drafted in the sixth round, 4 years after being diagnosed with cancer…

…David Quessenberry has been added to the active roster for the Houston Texans as they prepare to lineup against the Pittsburgh Steelers.

It’s been a long, hard season for the team.  Wins have been hard to come by…but that’s just football.  The real life story of David Quessenberry is what the game is about this week.  And for the first time ever I can say with confidence that this week….the Texans have a guaranteed win.

Sometimes winning is just about showing up.  Go get ‘em, Q!

 

KenCatmull.com

 

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