Nearly two months ago, the Texans received difficult news when offensive lineman David Quessenberry was diagnosed with non-Hodgkins lymphoblastic lymphoma.
Since then, Quessenberry has undergone chemotherapy in Houston and in his home-state, California. But on Saturday, the Texans made Quessenberry felt like he was at training camp, by wearing T-shirts to honor him.
"I think it is a testament to the organization that the Texans are,” Quessenberry said. “I mean not just the teammates, but we’re talking from the top to the bottom, inside and out. I’m so blessed to be a part of such a tremendous organization."
Members of the Texans' offensive line have dedicated the 2014-2015 season to Quessenberry.
"Anything we can do,” Texans offensive guard Ben Jones said. “The guy is a fighter, and a T-shirt, a friendly word, anything we can do to make a phone call just to brighten his day we're going to do it because Quessenberry is one of our family members"
All-Pro left tackle Duane Brown echoed Jones' sentiment.
"To know how strong he is about it, just the approach he's taken on it, it means a lot and to be able to support him as much as we can, I'm sure his helping him and keeping his spirits up and that's all we want to do,” he said.
The money raised from the T-shirts will go towards the lymphoma research foundation. The Texans’ goal is to raise more than $100,000.
"I think it just speaks volumes about what he means to us,” Texans team captain Chris Meyers said. “The impression that he made on us before everything happened with the diagnosis, he's a great guy, great character guy."