Seattle Seahawks defensive tackle Jesse Williams has been diagnosed with papillary Type 2 cancer, according to a statement released by the team. According to the team, Williams will undergo kidney surgery to treat the disease.
Drafted in 2013, Williams missed the entirety of his rookie season due to a knee injury suffered late in the preseason. He also missed all of the following year with a second, separate knee injury. It isn’t clear how serious Williams’ cancer diagnosis is, but the defensive tackle said returning to football is still a goal.
“Although disappointing, I am a fighter and will handle this,” Williams said in a statement. “I am going to focus on my health and fighting this battle with a return to football as my ultimate goal.”
Williams played the final two years of his college career at the University of Alabama, winning back-to-back national championships during that time. He also won a Super Bowl as a member of the 2013 Seahawks, becoming the first indigenous Australian to accomplish that feat.
SOURCE: SB Nation – Jason Hirschhorn