NFL free agent Foster Moreau, who was initially drafted by the Las Vegas Raiders in 2019, publicly announced he is stepping away from football after being diagnosed with Hodgkin’s lymphoma.
The tight end player began his NFL career with Las Vegas in 2019 after impressing recruiters during his time with the LSU Tigers. Over the course of four seasons, he scored 12 touchdowns for the franchise before ultimately entering free agency this offseason.
However, during a routine medical screening conducted by the New Orleans Saints, team doctors discovered an abnormality in his body, and he was diagnosed with Hodgkin’s lymphoma, a rare cancer that produces an abnormal amount of white blood cells that result in swollen lymph nodes and growths throughout the body. With the lymphatic system being affected, the disease weakens the immune system and makes it difficult for the body to fight off infection.
Considering this unfortunate series of events, the athlete wants to dedicate himself to bettering his health and needs to take a break from football for the foreseeable future.
“Through somewhat of a miraculous process, this Free Agency period has been life-changing for me. During a routine physical conducted by the Saint’s medical team down in New Orleans, I’ve come to learn that I have Hodgkin’s Lymphoma and will be stepping away from football,” Moreau wrote on Twitter.
While he has faced teams all across the league and was even named to Pro Football Focus’s All-Rookie team during his first year of playing professional football, this will be an entirely new challenge. However, Moreau feels prepared to defeat this new challenger.
Foster Moreau admits he feels prepared to survive this challenge
After calling cancer his newest opponent, the 25-year-old expressed the sentiments, “I’m grateful for the support and thankful for people who have stood firm with me. There hasn’t been a single step I’ve taken without hundreds of people lighting the path before me, and I will continue to seek their guidance.”
“That being said, I’ll go kick this thing’s ass and get back to doing what I love! AMDG!” Moreau said, concluding his statement issued on Twitter.
Since making the announcement, countless fans, friends, and NFL insiders have wished the tight end a speedy recovery. With the survival rate of Hodgkin’s lymphoma being 89%, Pat McAfee felt confident telling Moreau, “Can’t wait to see you on the other side of you kicking this thing’s ass.”
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