Former Spartan Undergoing Treatment For Lymphoma

David Quesseneberry was Houston's sixth round draft choice in 2013.

June 10, 2014

Former San José State University offensive tackle and current Houston Texan David Quessenberry is undergoing treatment for lymphoma.

He has been diagnosed with non-Hodgkin T Lymphoblastic Lymphoma, a relatively rare form of non-Hodgkin lymphoma.  Quessenberry is being treated at MD Anderson Hospital in Houston.

Quessenberry majored in history and graduated in December 2012. He was a three-year starter at left tackle for the Spartans (2010-12) and a first team All-Western Athletic Conference honoree his senior season.  A co-captain of the 2012 Military Bowl Championship team, he was drafted in the sixth round of the 2013 NFL Draft by the Houston Texans.  He missed last season after suffering a broken foot just days before the first game.

"David is a tremendous individual who has the heart of a lion.  The entire Spartan family knows he will fight this with the same courage and commitment he showed as a student-athlete.  Our thoughts and prayers are with him and his family," said San José State Director of Athletics Gene Bleymaier.

"When I met David, he was a skinny tight end. Three years later he was a scholarship team captain of a great SJSU Football team and a Houston Texan draft pick. I'm confident that this is yet another obstacle David will overcome. David has been an inspiration for me, and I hope that I'm joined in daily prayer by all those whom David has also touched," stated former Spartan head football coach Mike MacIntyre (2010-12).

"Our team is keeping David Quessenbery in our thoughts and prayers during this time.  His football journey of going from a walk-on player to earning a scholarship to being drafted in the NFL is an inspiring story.  In doing so, he has transcended challenges and overcome barriers in his life.  I am confident he will tackle this current health challenge in much the same way - and overcome it.  His attitude is terrific, which is of utmost importance, and he will use his strong mental toughness to win the battle," said head coach  Ron Caragher.

"In speaking with him today, he mentioned drawing upon his experience as a Spartan football player to persevere regardless of the obstacle.

"I am confident David will use this opportunity to not only heal but to make an impact in the lives of many.  He is taking the "never quit" attitude nurtured in the game of football and applying it to the biggest challenge of his life.  I am proud of him.  Every Spartan stands behind him in this battle."

"We are shocked by the diagnosis David has received. However, we know that he will confront this challenge with courage and determination and we pray for his full recovery," wrote Dick and Nanci Tomey. Quessenberry was a punt protector and back-up offensive lineman as a redshirt freshman for Coach Tomey in 2009.

The Texans have placed Quessenberry on the non-football injury list.