David Quessenberry was announced today as the 2017 George Halas Award Winner by the Pro Football Writers Association. The award is given out each year by the Association to the player who has been deemed to have ‘‘overcome the most adversity to succeed.’’
Quessenberry certainly deserved it after being diagnosed with Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma in 2014 after missing his entire rookie season with a foot injury. Quessenberry underwent chemotherapy, which kept him on the Texans’ injured reserve list through the 2014, 2015 and 2016 seasons. Quessenberry finished his final round of chemotherapy treatment a few months ago and celebrated by demolishing the ceremonial bell at the M.D Anderson Cancer Center.
Quessenberry was back on the football field for the first time in three years as he returned to OTAs a few weeks ago.
DQ joins the likes of Joe Montana, Joe Namath, Roger Staubach and Dick Butkus as a winner of the George Halas Award.