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David Quessenberry wins PFWA's Halas Award

13 Juin 2017

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

Quessenberry, the 49th Halas Award victor, is the first member of the Texans franchise to receive the honor from the PFWA.

Quessenberry overcame a three-year battle with non-Hodgkin's lymphoma. "I'm just blessed to be able to put that behind me and get back to playing football".

The 26-year-old Quessenberry, who is back with the Houston Texans after completing chemotherapy in April, will receive the annual award given to the player, coach or staff member who overcomes the most adversity to succeed.

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"The Texans organization stood behind me when I felt like the furthest thing from a football player". New England quarterback Tom Brady and New York Giants' defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul were also among the finalists for the award.

Quessenberry, who graduated from La Costa Canyon in 2008, played football and lacrosse for the Mavericks. He spent the entire 2013 season on injured reserve after suffering a broken foot.

He had no scholarship offers out of high school but walked on at San Jose State, eventually earned a scholarship and was drafted by the Texans in the sixth round in 2013. Halas won 324 games and six National Football League titles in 40 seasons as a coach.

David Quessenberry wins PFWA's Halas Award