Bears' Podlesh kicked cancer, 'little things'

August, 31, 2011
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LAKE FOREST, Ill. -- There is a brief moment between the time the football leaves his hands to when it meets his foot, explains new Chicago Bears punter Adam Podlesh, that the laws of physics and the uncertainty of the sport takes over.

"There's a realm of something I can't do anything about," Podlesh said.

It is a feeling with which he is familiar.

When doctors tell you at age 26 that the little bump below your ear you thought was a cyst is, in fact, a malignant tumor that comprises less than one percent of all cancers, there is a certain helplessness involved.

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Melissa Isaacson

Columnist, ESPNChicago.com
Melissa Isaacson is a columnist for espnW.com, ESPN Chicago and ESPN.com. The award-winning writer has covered Chicago sports for most of her 31-year career, including at the Chicago Tribune before joining ESPN in 2009. Isaacson has also covered tennis since 1986.

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