Houston Texans safety Andre Hal has been diagnosed with Hodgkin’s Lymphoma, a form of cancer that affect white blood cells, the team announced Friday.
Hal, 26, has been the Texans’ starting free safety for the last three seasons after joining the team as a seventh-round pick in 2014. He signed a three-year, $15 million extension with the Texans last August.
“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.”
Last season, he tallied 71 total tackles, five pass breakups, a career-high three interceptions and two forced fumbles while playing the second-most defensive snaps on the team.
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“Andre epitomizes what it means to be a Houston Texan through his leadership, community involvement and team-first attitude,” head coach Bill O’Brien said. “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 the Texans medical team have sought further consultation with physicians at Houston’s famed MD Anderson Cancer Center, where he continues to undergo testing and evaluation and is discussing his treatment options.
MD Anderson has an internationally known program that focuses only on the disease, according to its website, which says that most patients with Hodgkin’s lymphoma, even in advanced stages, can be treated successfully.
“Andre is tough and faithful and we believe he is prepared to win this fight,” a statement from the McNair family, owners of the team, read, in part.