Houston Texans safety Andre Hal has been diagnosed with Hodgkin’s Lymphoma, a form of cancer that affect white blood cells, the team announced Friday.
Hal, 26, has been the Texans’ starting free safety for the last three seasons after joining the team as a seventh-round pick in 2014. He signed a three-year, $15 million extension with the Texans last August.
My faith in God and the support from my family, friends, teammates and coaches will see me through this difficult time, Hal said in a statement. I will not let this diagnosis stop me from fulfilling my dreams and I do not want anyone to feel sorry for me. I know how to beat this and I will beat it.
The Patriots used to find solace in saying that they lost two Super Bowls to the Giants but beat the rest in every other Super Bowl instance. Now, adding the Eagles to the list stings. It was cleaner the other way. More palatable.
There is nothing digestible among the Patriots players about cornerback Malcom Butler’s benching in the Super Bowl and Belichick’s inflexibility during the game on that decision. In Bill they trust, everyone around the Patriots likes to say, but the players did not trust that decision or like it. Butler’s gone, a free agent to the Tennesse Titans. Now, Belichick has to find a way to rid any remnants of player resentment and mistrust.
Adding insult to Palmer’s injury is the Steelers’ winning of Super Bowl XL. We’re not going to sit here and say that the Bengals would have gone on to win the big game if Palmer was healthy, but there are signs that they could have done so.
Do we even want to go into the officiating in that contest?
Remember the divisional round after the Steelers knocked Palmer out two plays into the game? Jerome Bettis fumbled the ball away at a critical moment, almost ruining the Steelers’ storybook year. For those who need revisionist history, Bettis was lauded in Detroit (his hometown), after the Super Bowl win.
It took Roethlisberger making a miracle tackle on Nate Harper, who had a weird domestic dispute issue and knife wound in his leg to get Pittsburgh on to the next round.
From there, they beat a Jake Plummer-led Broncos team and then the Seahawks. Credit has to be given to the Steelers, who won their final eight games of the season to get to hoist another Lombardi Trophy. Still, I suppose it pays to be lucky sometimes, over actually being good?