Chicago Bears sixth-round pick David Fales offered support Tuesday to former San Jose State teammate David Quessenberry, now an offensive tackle with the Houston Texans, who was recently diagnosed with lymphoma.
“I was speechless because I was just looking on Twitter and saw his face and was like, ‘Oh, there’s D.Q.’ and then I saw that and didn’t know now to react,” Fales told the team’s official website. “It’s said. It’s still kind of sinking in. It really hasn’t hit me too much. It’s just kind of overwhelming.”
A quarterback, Fales transferred to San Jose State from Monterrey Peninsula College in 2012 as a junior and played one season with Quessenberry as the Spartans posted a 11-2 record. The Texans selected Quessenberry, 23, in the sixth round of the 2013 draft, and a broken foot caused the offensive tackle to spend his rookie season on the injured reserve.
Quessenberry was diagnosed last Tuesday with non-Hodgkin T lymphoblastic lymphoma, and the Texans announced Tuesday he was undergoing treatment.
Texans general manager Rick Smith called Quessenberry “a fighter and a courageous young man,” in a statement, adding that “we will continue to support him and his family and look forward to his return to the team.”
Quessenberry received the diagnosis after experiencing “fatigue and a persistent cough over the past week,” according to the Texans “and sought a medical evaluation to find the cause.”
The Texans plan to place Quessenberry on the non-football injury list.
Interestingly, according to the Bears official website, Quessenberry offered consolation to Fales when the quarterback called last week after learning about his former teammate’s diagnosis. Fales told the Bears’ website that “if there’s anybody who’s going to fight throught it, he’s the guy.”
“He’s one of those guys where I’m calling him to make sure he’s OK and he’s picking me up,” Fales said. “I texted our strength coach [at San Jose State] and he said the same thing: ‘It’s weird when you’re calling him and he’s picking you up. But that’s just the kind of guy he is. He’s one of the toughest good friends we all have.”