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Houston Texans G David Quessenberry earns NFL's prestigious George Halas Award

By The Sports Xchange
Houston Texans G David Quessenberry earns NFL's prestigious George Halas Award
Houston Texans guard David Quessenberry won the prestigious George Halas Award. Photo courtesy of Houston Texans/Twitter

David Quessenberry is entering his fifth season in the Houston Texans' organization and has yet to play in an NFL game.

But the 26-year-old guard has already won a major award.

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Quessenberry, who recently finished a three-year battle with non-Hodgkin's lymphoma, was named the 2017 winner of the prestigious George Halas Award, the Professional Football Writers of America organization announced Monday.

The Halas Award is annually presented to a NFL player, coach or staff member who overcomes the most adversity to succeed.

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Quessenberry completed chemotherapy in April and is participating in Houston's offseason program.

"Some legends of our game have received this award, and I'm honored and humbled to be a part of it," Quessenberry said in a statement. "I'm proud to receive this award, not just for my fight and everything that I went through, but also to represent everyone who helped me get back to playing football.

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"The Texans organization stood behind me when I felt like the furthest thing from a football player. They gave me that motivation to see this thing through and beat it and get back to the field, where I belong."

The other finalists were New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady, New York Giants defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul, Baltimore Ravens tight end Dennis Pitta and Miami Dolphins defensive end Cameron Wake.

Quessenberry, born in the San Diego suburb of La Jolla, was a sixth-round draft pick out of San Jose State in 2013. He spent the entire 2013 season on injured reserve after suffering a broken foot.

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In June 2014, he was laboring through workouts with fatigue and a persistent cough and was diagnosed with non-Hodgkin's lymphoma. He spent the past three seasons on Houston's non-football illness list.

After being medically cleared, he took part in his first organized team activities' session on May 22.

Halas won 324 games and six NFL tiles during a Hall of Fame career with the Chicago Bears.

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