The sports world was shocked and saddened this week by the heartbreaking news that Houston Texans player John Metchie III is battling cancer and will likely miss the upcoming season.
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Metchie, 22, a rookie just drafted in April, released a statement Sunday revealing his acute promyelocytic leukemia diagnosis and immediate plans to focus on his health.
“Recently, I was diagnosed with APL (Acute Promyelocytic Leukemia), the most curable form of Leukemia,” Metchie wrote. “I am currently receiving great medical care, am in good spirits, and I expect to make a recovery at a later point in time.”
An update from John Metchie lll pic.twitter.com/EH6OupXK42— Houston Texans (@HoustonTexans) July 24, 2022
But he said his health battle means he will likely not play in the NFL this season.
“My main focus will be on my health and recovery,” he wrote. “Thank you in advance for your support and well-wishes. I cannot wait to come back stronger than ever. God bless.”
Prayers immediately started pouring in from fans and fellow players alike.
“My Brother. Prayers Up!” tweeted Phillip Dorsett II, one of his fellow Texans players.
Texans’ defensive end Ogbo Okoronkwo added encouragement on Instagram, telling Metchie, “You got this, brother!”
Other players joined in with prayers and encouraging words. See some of the responses in the comments section of the Texans’ statement on Metchie’s health:
Please pray for Metchie as he navigates treatment, journeys through the pitfalls of cancer, and steps away from his career during this difficult time. Pray for healing, guidance, and complete recovery.
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