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Former Alabama DT Jesse Williams Diagnosed With Cancer

Sad news out of Seattle.

Godspeed, Jesse.
Godspeed, Jesse.
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Awful news from the Seahawks today as Jesse Williams, he of the massive bench press that undoubtedly helped him become a key contributor on the Tide's 2011 and 2012 national championship teams, was diagnosed with "papillary type 2 cancer" which will require kidney surgery. Hailing from Australia and improbably landing in Tuscaloosa via Arizona Western, Jesse quickly became a fan favorite in Crimson with his flamboyant personality, face paint, and superhuman strength. His importance to the team was underscored in the 2012 SEC Championship Game as Georgia's star tailback, Todd Gurley, was able to make hay when Jesse missed a few snaps with a knee injury sustained in the game. Needless to say, football acumen is a distant priority in relation to health. There has been no indication of prognosis at this point, but he will certainly be in our thoughts and prayers. It should come as no surprise that he appears to be approaching his upcoming battle with the right attitude, releasing the following statement:

"Although disappointing, I am a fighter and will handle this," Williams said in a statement released through the team. "I am going to focus on my health and fighting this battle with a return to football as my ultimate goal. Thank you for your thoughts and support. Go Hawks!"

And, from his personal Instagram page:

Since the caption doesn't appear to be working, it reads:

Appreciate the Support From all Over the World! Ready for What's Coming, Recovery is up next..#MonstarStrong

If anyone has the gumption to whip this awful disease, it's Mr. Williams.  Roll Tide, Jesse.