Cancer is a detrimental illness for some, but it’s proving to be a launching pad for former Alabama standout Jesse Williams. Williams was diagnosed with papillary (kidney) type two cancer in May 2015. He underwent surgery and is ready to “complete” a comeback.
The former Crimson Tide star and Australian native was placed on the non-football illness list, but has participated in light workouts. According to Mark Inabinett, writer for al.com., Seattle Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll is pleased with Williams’ progress. Carroll said it’s remarkable that Williams is this close to coming back, but he has to get in football shape.
Dave Boling, columnist for the Tacoma News Tribune took to Twitter last week to express his feelings on Williams making a return to football.
Amazing to see Jesse Williams on the field after recent surgery for kidney cancer pic.twitter.com/pgBjA0ihFz
— Dave Boling (@DaveBoling) July 31, 2015
Cancer hasn’t been Williams’ lone setback. He sustained a knee injury during his senior year at Alabama. Seattle wants him to have a stronger lower body; however, it’s overjoyed to see him on the field. He has an opportunity to play this season, but more evaluations will come first.