Eric Berry provided the feel-good moment of the NFL off-season when he made his return to the playing field.
The Kansas City Chiefs player was diagnosed with Hodgkin Lymphona during the 2014, but returned to training camp last week after receiving the all-clear and marked his first day back with an interception returned for a touchdown to rapturous applause and celebration from fans, coaches and players.
But, Berry isn't the only feel-good story of the Summer, with a Seattle Seahawks player also making a return from cancer.
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Seahawks defensive tackle Jesse Williams was diagnosed with with papillary Type 2 cancer and was forced to undergo kidney surgery.
Well, three months after having the cancerous kidney removed, Williams is back in playing shape and looks set to take the field in the Seahawks pre-season game against the Denver Broncos later today.
“Jesse’s going. We’re going to play Jesse,” head coach Pete Carroll said, via the Seahawks official website.
Carroll would go on to heap endless amounts of praise on the defensive tackle, lauding Williams for not once thinking that it would be a career threatening illness.
“What a story. He’s never, never hinted that he wouldn’t make it back and get ready. He’s practiced well. We’ll control the number of snaps he plays. He’s going to be out there battling. I think it’s a great tribute to the kid. He’s a real competitor.”
Williams is a native of Brisbane, and became the first Australian to ever win a SuperBowl winners medal, after the Seahawks victory over the Broncos in 2013.
The Seahawks selected him in the 5th round of the 2013 Draft out of the Alabama Crimson Tide, where he played for two years under Nick Saban.