Texans promote cancer-defeating David Quessenberry to 53-man roster

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.

Houston Texans tackle David Quessenberry (C) has been promoted to the team’s 53-man roster, over three years after he was diagnosed with cancer. (AP)

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.

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