Not only did the Houston Texans players, staff, and fans show their support for offensive linemanDavid Quessenberry, the entire city of Houston recognized the 23-year-old currently battling lymphoma.

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Texans offensive lineman David Quessenberry, center, participates Saturday in a Relay for Life cancer benefit in Carlsbad, Calif. (Photo provided by David Quessenberry)

By Brian T. Smith

Bracelets have been made. T-shirts will be printed. The player’s name and the word “strong” have been stamped on the front of the Texans’ 2014 training-camp media guide.

That wasn’t enough for the heart and core of a rebuilding team.

Duane Brown, Chris Myers and Ben Jones proudly paid public tribute to cancer-stricken teammate on Sunday. And two of the longest-standing and most-respected athletes in blue and red said the Texans’ offensive line is devoting its 2014 season to a player who no longer is healthy enough to battle beside them.

“With everything going on with David right now, this season is obviously going to be dedicated to him,” Myers said after the Texans’ second day of training camp.

Teammates stopped by daily at M.D. Anderson Cancer Center in mid-June, when Quessenberry was diagnosed with non-Hodgkin’s T-cell lymphoblastic lymphoma. Jones and several Texans players soon took their much-loved friend to an Astros game, while a recent Twitter image of a shaved-head Quessenberry showed the 2012 sixth-round pick doing pull-ups with a proclamation that read, “Cancer messed with the wrong dude.”

 

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