John Metchi III: Houston Texans rookie diagnosed with leukemia

The 22-year-old wide receiver announced the diagnosis on Sunday but said he was in “good spirits” and hoped for a recovery.

“I was recently diagnosed with APL (acute promyelocytic leukemia), the most curable of leukemias,” he wrote in statement.
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“I am currently receiving excellent medical care, I am in a good mood and look forward to recovering at a later time.

“Because of this diagnosis, I will most likely not play football this season. My focus will be on my health and wellness.

“Thank you in advance for your support and good wishes. I can’t wait to come back stronger than ever. God bless.”

According to National Organization for Rare Diseases, APL is a blood cancer “characterized by a marked increase in the number of white blood cells known as promyelocytes.”

“John overcame all difficulties”

Metchi was selected 44th overall in the NFL Draft that year.

The Alabama player had 96 catches for 1,142 yards and eight touchdowns last season before dropping out after tearing his anterior cruciate ligament in December.

His former Alabama coach Nick Saban sends his best regards.

“John has steadfastly and decisively overcome every challenge he has faced in life and we support him every step of the way in his fight against leukemia,” Saban wrote in statement on Sunday.

“It is a blessing that he is in a city known for caring and organizing, the Houston Texans who will be with him throughout this journey.

“Our thoughts and prayers will remain with him throughout this battle.”