NFL lineman makes league debut after three-year cancer battle

1010 WINS– After non-Hodgkin T-lymphoblastic lymphoma for the past three years, offensive lineman David Quessenberry finally made his long-awaited NFL debut.

David was diagnosed with cancer just a year after he was drafted by the Houston Texans, and although he lost close to 70 pounds during his chemotherapy sessions, he promised himself he would be back on the field one day.

He made his goal, playing in the team’s Christmas Day game on Monday against the Pittsburgh Steelers. Although the team took a loss (34-6), David won the day after also being named a team captain and leading the official coin toss, honors he says he wasn’t expecting.

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San Jose State tight end Ryan Otten, left, and offensive tackle David Quessenberry (76) hold the Military Bowl trophy after their game against Bowling Green at RFK Stadium in Washington, Thursday, December 27, 2012. San Jose State defeated Bowling Green 29-20. (Luis M. Alvarez/MCT via Getty Images)
INDIANAPOLIS, IN - FEBRUARY 23: David Quessenberry of San Jose State runs the 40-yard dash during the 2013 NFL Combine at Lucas Oil Stadium on February 23, 2013 in Indianapolis, Indiana. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)
INDIANAPOLIS, IN - FEBRUARY 23: David Quessenberry of San Jose State in action during the 2013 NFL Combine at Lucas Oil Stadium on February 23, 2013 in Indianapolis, Indiana. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)
INDIANAPOLIS, IN - FEBRUARY 23: David Quessenberry of San Jose State in action during the 2013 NFL Combine at Lucas Oil Stadium on February 23, 2013 in Indianapolis, Indiana. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)
HOUSTON - MAY 10: Tackles David Quessenberry #77 and Nick Mondek #69 of the Houston Texans Houston Texans rookie mini camp on May 10, 2013 in Houston, Texas. (Photo by Bob Levey/Getty Images)
INDIANAPOLIS, IN - FEBRUARY 23: David Quessenberry of San Jose State in action during the 2013 NFL Combine at Lucas Oil Stadium on February 23, 2013 in Indianapolis, Indiana. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)
HOUSTON, TX - DECEMBER 25: David Quessenberry #77 of the Houston Texans enters the game against the Pittsburgh Steelers at NRG Stadium on December 25, 2017 in Houston, Texas. (Photo by Bob Levey/Getty Images)
HOUSTON, TX - AUGUST 22: Houston Texans offensive tackle David Quessenberry (77) warms up during the Houston Texans Training camp on August 22, 2017 at the Methodist Training Center at NRG Park in Houston, TX. (Photo by Ken Murray/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)
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Just as unexpected was the flimsiness of the ceremonial bell David ripped off the wall when he completed his treatments (a sign his strength training is going well though).

David truly takes the term comeback kid to new and incredible heights!

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