Houston Texans Safety Andre Hal diagnosed with Hodgkin’s Lymphoma

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HOUSTON, TX - JANUARY 07: Andre Hal #29 of the Houston Texans celebrates a tackle during the first half of the AFC Wild Card game against the Oakland Raiders at NRG Stadium on January 7, 2017 in Houston, Texas. (Photo by Tim Warner/Getty Images)

HOUSTON – Houston Texans S Andre Hal has been diagnosed with Hodgkin’s Lymphoma.

Hal received a preliminary diagnosis from team physician Dr. James Muntz at Houston Methodist Hospital. Hal and the Texans medical team have sought further consultation with physicians at MD Anderson Cancer Center where he continues to undergo testing and evaluation and is discussing his treatment options.

Andre and his family have requested privacy at this time.

“My faith in God and the support from my family, friends, teammates and coaches will see me through this difficult time. 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,”  Hal said.

The organization showed support, and sent well wishes.

“We are saddened to learn of Andre’s diagnosis. Andre is tough and faithful and we believe he is prepared to win this fight. The McNair family as well as the entire Texans organization will continue to be there for him, love and support him, and pray for his recovery.” The McNair family released in a statement.

“The news of Andre Hal’s diagnosis weighs heavy on the hearts of everyone in the Houston Texans family. Andre epitomizes what it means to be a Houston Texan through his leadership, community involvement and team-first attitude,” Head Coach Bill O’Brien said. “We are confident that Andre’s resiliency and infectious positivity, along with treatment and care from the best medical community in the world, will guide him through his recovery. The entire Texans organization is behind Andre and his family during this difficult time and we look forward to his eventual return to the team.”

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