HOUSTON (FOX 26) - Houston Texans safety Andre Hal has been diagnosed with cancer.
The team announced on Friday that Hal has Hodgkin's Lymphoma.
Hal received a preliminary diagnosis from team physician Dr. James Muntz at Houston Methodist Hospital.
Hal and the Texans medical team have sought further consultation with physicians at MD Anderson Cancer Center, where he continues to undergo testing and evaluation and is discussing his treatment options.
“My faith in God and the support from my family, friends, teammates and coaches will see me through this difficult time," Hal said in a statement. "I will not let this diagnosis stop me from fulfilling my dreams and I do not want anyone to feel sorry for me. I know how to beat this and I will beat it.”
The McNair family also released a statement saying: “We are saddened to learn of Andre’s diagnosis. Andre is tough and faithful and we believe he is prepared to win this fight. The McNair family as well as the entire Texans organization will continue to be there for him, love and support him, and pray for his recovery.”
Head Coach Bill O'Brien released the following statement: “The news of Andre Hal’s diagnosis weighs heavy on the hearts of everyone in the Houston Texans family. Andre epitomizes what it means to be a Houston Texan through his leadership, community involvement and team-first attitude. We are confident that Andre’s resiliency and infectious positivity, along with treatment and care from the best medical community in the world, will guide him through his recovery. The entire Texans organization is behind Andre and his family during this difficult time and we look forward to his eventual return to the team.”
Hal and his family have requested privacy at this time.
"He's a leader on our team," said Texans guard David Quessenberry about how Hal's diagnosis affected the team. "Whenever something like this happens it breaks everybody's hearts. It weighs heavy on everybody. We know what kind of guy he is.He's going to come back from this. He's going to be here playing."
Quessenberry was diagnosed with non-Hodgkin's lymphoma in June 2014 and spent three years fighting the disease before being declared cancer free and returning to practice in May 2017. He was cut before the 2017 season, but signed to the practice squad the next day, where he remained until his promotion in December 2017.
"His diagnosis was a little different than mine," added Quessenberry. "He has been diagnosed with cancer. It's scary. It can be overwhelming, but he's got so much love and support around him. If there's anything he needs, we'll be there for him."
"Andre, he's a tough dude," said Quessenberry. "He's going to fight this. He's going to beat this. Breaks my heart when I heard the news. Knowing the type of guy he is and how well he takes care of his body, he's going to be back with us playing ball."