Quessenberry makes an appearance at practice

Quessenberry makes an appearance at practice
June 19, 2014, 11:15 am
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The Texans had a very special guest at practice on Thursday.

David Quessenberry, the Texans’ second-year offensive lineman who was diagnosed with lymphoma earlier this month, showed up to practice shortly after the rest of the team made its way to the practice fields.

“It was great to see him out there,” head coach Bill O’Brien said. “I think he was able to come to practice today, the doctors let him come to practice. He was able to say a few words to the team and I know it meant a lot to the team and I know it meant a lot to him.”

Quessenberry, 23, showed up wearing red shorts, flip flops with socks, a long-sleeve Texans t-shirt and an Astros camo hat. One-by-one, his teammates noticed he was there. First, Shane Lechler and Jon Weeks hurried to him. Then, O’Brien spotted him and gave him a hug.

“It means a lot to us,” offensive lineman and friend Ben Jones said. “Quessenberry’s a great kid. We really look up to him. It takes a man to do that, come out there and see all the guys. We know he’s struggling, we know he’s hurting, we know he’s tired and it means a lot to us with how much he means to us. And to just go out there and get a hug, shake his hand and tell him how proud we are. And just his attitude toward things is amazing.”

After Jones caught a wobbly punt to end practice early, the team gathered around Quessenberry, who had a few words for his teammates. Quessenberry thanked the team for support and told his teammates that he was going to "kick cancer's butt." That message meant a lot to his teammates. “It makes our day look easy,” Jones said. Quessenberry broke the team huddle, then broke the offensive linemen’s huddle.

O’Brien said he knew Quessenberry might show up on Thursday if he was able but also said he didn’t believe most of the players knew. Jones talks to Quessenberry almost every day. He knew Quessenberry wanted to come out to a practice but he didn’t know when.

"It was a special moment just to know that he's fighting everything he's going through," Jadeveon Clowney said. "The whole team's behind him. It's a good thing."

Quessenberry is staying in Houston while he gets chemotherapy treatments at M.D. Anderson.

"I'm gonna kick the crap outta this thing and come back even stronger! I will win this fight," Quessenberry told CSN Houston on June 9, when the news broke. "Just know I'll be back out there killing it before you know it."