In 2013, the Houston Texans drafted David Quessenberry in the sixth round of the NFL Draft. After OTAs and preseason, the Guard was prepped to play some role for the team in its most horrific season in recent memory. Sadly, “DQ” broke his foot in practice before he ever played a down under Gary Kubiak’s regime.
In the summer of 2014, Q looked ready to make his mark in Bill O’Brien’s first season, but found himself battling fatigue and a persistent cough. Concerned, the Texans sent him for tests, which came back with a diagnosis of non-Hodgkins T lymphoblastic lymphoma. He was placed on the Non-Football Injury list. He finished his chemo treatment this past April and was able to memorably ring the bell at MD Anderson.
After three years away from the game due to cancer (and four overall, due to that broken foot), Q has finally gotten back into the world of football. On Tuesday, May 23rd, David Quessenberry participated in his first OTAs since 2014. Congratulations are definitely in order for DQ, and I’m sure we all hope that he is healthy for years to come.
How Quessenberry performs after four years away from the sport is unknown. No one, to my knowledge, has ever recovered from cancer and four years away from the game to play in the NFL (at least not successfully). Some might think that as a sixth round pick, much was never expected of Q in the first place, and we all recognize that offensive linemen take a few seasons to develop and become good. Regardless of the future of his Texans’ career, DQ’s fight and recovery are admirable.
What do you think about Quessenberry’s recovery and the likelihood he makes the team? Does it even matter at this point?