HOUSTON (KTRK) -- Texans offensive tackle David Quessenberry is going through the battle of his life -- off the football field. The offensive lineman got personal Saturday, talking to Eyewitness News over the phone from his family home on the west coast.
He just finished a grueling round three of chemotherapy in San Diego, but that didn't stop him from taking some time to thank his fans and teammates for their support and opening up about his battle against lymphoma.
"Some of the days are hard. Some of the days are really hard. Some of the days, it's hard to keep food down. Some of the days, it's hard to get out of bed," Quessenberry said.
Quessenberry also revealed how he figured out something was wrong with him.
"I knew something was bothering me. I got tired really quickly. That wasn't like me," he said.
Out on the practice field, Quessenberry was in pain. He thought his chest was just congested and then his symptoms got worse.
"They found two liters of fluid in my lungs which had to be drained immediately and they also found the lymphoma mass in my chest," said Queessenberry. "They also said if the two liters of fluid wasn't drained from my chest that I would have drowned on the field."
Stunning to hear from doctors. Despite that, here's the plan for game one.
"Being at that game is a goal of mine and I think I'm gonna be able to make it happen," he said.
What's next? Quessenberry says he is concentrating on getting healthy. He still has round four of chemo, and he is also a part of a research and trial drug over at M.D. Anderson Cancer Center.
Texans player Quessenberry talks about battle against lymphoma