NFL player Jesse Williams, who grew up in Brisbane, has been diagnosed with papillary Type 2 cancer and will undergo kidney surgery.

“Although disappointing, I am a fighter and will handle this,” Williams said in a statement released by his NFL team, the Seattle Seahawks.

“I am going to focus on my health and fighting this battle with a return to football as my ultimate goal. Thank you for your thoughts and support.”

Seahawks general manager John Schneider said the team would support Williams during his treatment.

“Jesse is an extraordinarily tough individual who has overcome a great deal in his life and we will support him in any way possible,” Schneider said.

“He is in our thoughts and prayers.”

Following a successful college career with the University of Alabama, Williams was picked in the fifth round of the 2013 NFL draft. He is yet to take the field for the Seahawks, after missing much of the past two seasons with injury.