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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, 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.


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.


Stephen M. Smith is a senior analyst and columnist for Touchdown Alabama Magazine, Pick Six Previews and SB Nation. You can “like” him on Facebook or “follow” him on Twitter, via @ESPN_Future.

Stephen Smith is a 2015 graduate of the University of Alabama. He is a senior writer and reporter for Touchdown Alabama Magazine. He has covered Alabama football for 15 years and his knowledge and coverage of the Crimson Tide's program have made him among the most respected journalist in his field. Smith has been featured on ESPN and several other marquee outlets as an analyst.

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