David Quessenberry fought and won his three-year battle with cancer. Now the offensive lineman is back to full strength and competing for a roster spot in training camp.
"Quess is an unbelievable story," head coach Bill O'Brien said Thursday. "He's playing well. That's a very competitive position but when you sit back and just think about that – that he had really a bad form of cancer and was out of the game for three years and had the mental toughness and the capacity within himself to get back to where he is right now – to play pro football as an offensive lineman. I'm not sure you could find a story like that that I've ever heard of. So, he's doing great."
Quessenberry, now entering his fifth NFL season, has not taken the field since he was diagnosed with Non-Hodgkin's lymphoma in June 2014 in OTAs. According to O'Brien, Quessenberry's ability to regain his strength in a short amount of time following chemotherapy has been the biggest surprise.
Quessenberry was surprised too.
"I was on my intensive chemo and maintenance chemo for a long time and once I got off all that, I just felt my body just getting stronger by the day and it was really exciting just to feel that," Quessenberry said. "Every week it was a PR (personal-record) in the weight room since I've been diagnosed. It just came back so fast and I feel healthy and I feel strong and it's exciting."
The Texans continue with Day 3 of training camp at The Greenbrier Sports Performance Center on Friday.
Check out photos from the second day of #TexansCamp practice at The Greenbrier in West Virginia.