Seahawks’ Jesse Williams diagnosed with cancer
Seahawks defensive tackle Jesse Williams will need kidney surgery after being diagnosed with papillary type 2 cancer, the team announced on Monday.
The team’s press release provided no other details but included statements from Williams and general manager John Schneider.
Williams: “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!”
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.”
Williams Tweeted this after the team’s announcement: “Fire is the test of gold; adversity, of strong men. Appreciate the Support From all Over the World! Ready for What’s Coming, Recovery is up next.. #MonstarStrong”
Cancer.net has more information on what Williams is dealing with.
Williams, a 24-year-old Australian native, was chosen in the fifth round of the 2013 draft and has not appeared in a regular-season game because of knee injuries. He was waived then re-signed earlier this offseason and was going to compete for a spot in Seattle’s defensive-line rotation.