You’ve heard all about Jarryd Hayne’s attempt to break into the NFL, but did you know Brisbane already has an inspirational gridiron star?
Brisbane-born NFL player, Jesse ‘Tha Monstar’ Williams has been named Seattle Seahawks captain after a courageous return to the NFL.
The Seahawks handed Williams the captaincy for their second preseason trial against Kansas City Chiefs, as a nod to the player who returned to the sport after life-saving surgery.
Earlier this year, the 24-year-old was diagnosed with Papillary Type 2 cancer and had a kidney removed in May.
Before jumping back into the game, Williams started light workouts and eventually full football activity in the following months, making two tackles in the team’s preseason opener against the Denver Broncos last week.
It was Williams’ first action since his rookie year, and the giant athlete admitted he felt like crying as he ran out of the CenturyLink Field tunnel.
Williams said he was humbled to be named captain for the second match, along with right guard J.R. Sweezy and fullback Derrick Coleman.
“I was pretty surprised, but it’s a huge honour,” he said.
Chiefs safety Eric Berry, a lymphoma survivor, was named captain for Kansas City and Williams said it a special moment to share with him.
“It meant a lot of me to be out there and represent me, and Eric was out there as well battling with his stuff as well.”
After the game, which the Chiefs won 14-13, Williams spotted Berry being “swarmed” with congratulations, but chose to give the Chiefs’ star safety his space.
“I wish him the best. I know how it is. I hope he does well and plays the rest of the season,” Williams said.