Texans: Let’s all give rookie John Metchie III a great amount of support

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Everyone needs to keep Houston Texans rookie John Metchie III in their thoughts after his announcement on Sunday.

When the Houston Texans selected Alabama wide receiver John Metchie III in the second round this past April, there was a lot of joy and celebration for fans of the Texans because of how talented of a receiver the rookie was at the collegiate level.

Even with Metchie recovering from an Achilles injury, all seemed to be going to plan for the talented rookie wide receiver, and he was slated to most likely to be the slot receiver the offense needed in 2022.

All of that was put aside on Sunday morning because something much more important than football came to light, as Metchie announced he’s been diagnosed with Acute Promyelocytic Leukemia, also known as APL.

On Sunday, the Texans released a statement from Metchie with the statement coming from HoustonTexans.com:

"“Recently I was diagnosed with APL (Acute Promyelocytic Leukemia), the most curable form of Leukemia. I am currently receiving great medical care, am in good spirits and I expect to make a recovery at a later point in time. As a result of this diagnosis, I will likely not be playing football this season. My main focus will be on my health and recovery. Thank you in advance for your support and well-wishes. I cannot wait to come back stronger than ever. God Bless.”"

The positive of this scary situation is Metchie said he “receiving great medical care,” and that he’s in “good spirits.”

Texans: John Metchie III says: “I cannot wait to come back stronger than ever.”

Though he also said he’s likely not playing football for the 2022 season, that’s not the important issue at hand, as the most important thing is the health and happiness of the 22-year-old Metchie and that he makes a full recovery.

The Texans have seen this happen before in recent years with David Quessenberry, as he battled and overcame non-Hodgkin’s T-cell lymphoblastic lymphoma, and Andre Hal also battled and overcame Hodgkin’s lymphoma. Both players worked their way back to the field, with Hal since retiring and Quessenberry going on to have success with the Tennessee Titans.

Again, the important thing isn’t football right now for Metchie. The recovery and health of Metchie is what all of us need to be thinking about for him until he’s 100-percent once again, and it will be a great day when he’s eventually on the field wearing a Houston Texans jersey and helmet in front of a huge crowd at NRG Stadium.

Get well soon, John Metchie III. All of us will have you in our thoughts.

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