Just six years ago, David Quessenberry was a 23-year-old football player who had been drafted into the National Football League by the Houston Texans in 2013.
He was chasing his lifelong dream when the unexpected became a part of his story. Shortly after becoming a professional football player, the now 29-year-old suffered a season-ending back injury that would begin his journey back to the gridiron.
Then, on June 10, 2014—just 14 months after being drafted into the NFL—Quessenberry was diagnosed with Hodgkins Lymphoma, Fox Sports reports.
It was the second battle that he would fight, and just another hurdle to clear as he kept his sights set on getting back onto the football field. As Quessenberry wrote on his Instagram for three years, he would fight cancer and win.
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cancer did NOT make me strong. cancer did NOT make my family strong. cancer did NOT galvanize my community. cancer did NOT bring rival team Head Coaches and players together to support me. cancer did NOT bring people together. cancer did NOT make people travel hundreds of miles to help me and my family in our time of need. cancer did NOT make people pray for me. cancer did NOT bring me my Angel. cancer did NOT make me thankful for my life. cancer did NOT make me a believer that there is more to this world than just our eyes can see. cancer did NOT shape me into the man I am today. Love did. It has Been more than 1000 days since my fight began. Yesterday I received my last infusion of chemo therapy. The things I have seen and the things I felt through my fight I could never forget and last night after a full day at MD Anderson I watched a video that @meeeglit put together for me. It was filled with short clips of the people I hold most dear to me that lasted for more than an hour and every second of It was absolutely incredible. I don't know what to say to every one other than Thank You, I Love you, and I will never forget you and the kindness and Love you showed me. -DQ "Love backed by Faith is unstoppable" P.S. this bell just like cancer never stood a chance…
He wrote, in part, on April 12, 2017:
cancer did NOT make me thankful for my life.
cancer did NOT make me a believer that there is more to this world than just our eyes can see.
cancer did NOT shape me into the man I am today.
It has Been more than 1000 days since my fight began. Yesterday I received my last infusion of chemo therapy. The things I have seen and the things I felt through my fight I could never forget…
One year after beating cancer, the offensive lineman would be traded to the Tennessee Titans. And in 2019, just two years after beating cancer, Quessenberry would become an integral part of the Titans offense.
On September 15, in a game against the Indianapolis Colts, the Titans would run a play to start the second quarter that would leave Quessenberry an open target for his quarterback, Marcus Mariotta.
Standing the back of the endzone, Mariotta found his target and Quessenberry would get his first-ever touchdown as a member of the NFL. Watching the chill-inducing moment below:
Draw it up, Arthur Smith!
— Tennessee Titans (@Titans) September 15, 2019
Aside from the fact that Quessenberry’s first touchdown comes after recovering from a back injury and beating cancer; it’s pretty rare to see an offensive lineman score a receiving touchdown to begin with.
As Curt McAfee said for Fox Sports, “[Quessenberry] showed us all the power of perseverance.”