This is crazy -- in the best possible way:
Yes, "The Monstar" has attacked cancer.
Williams had surgery on May 28 for papillary type 2 cancer at the University of Washington Medical Center. Doctors there removed one of his kidneys. He checked out of the hospital two days later, and since then he and the team have been waiting to ensure the cancer was not returning. The defensive tackle from Australia and the University of Alabama who has missed his first two Seahawks seasons with knee injuries has praised doctors at UW and at the Seattle Cancer Care Alliance for his surgery and recovery.
It's been less than one month since doctors found his cancerous cells.
“2 weeks post Papillary Type 2 Renal Carcinoma Stage Three Surgery! Cleared for light workouts!" Williams posted with the Instagram picture. "If you know me you will know how much that means to me to be back out there moving around and hanging back with the team! Not an easy journey so far but I don’t think it would mean as much or be worth it if I didn’t have to fight for what I wanted! And I want this!! Appreciate the Seahawks for standing by me through all this & can’t wait to be back on the field representing such a great organization!”
The Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, a renowned treatment and research center in New York, defines papillary type 2 cancer as representing “more than one category of disease but, as a group, are much more aggressive and may follow an unpredictable growth pattern.” The cancerous cells have been found in Williams’ main kidney area, as opposed to related tubes.
Sloan Kettering says the type of cancer Williams has occurs in 10 to 15 percent of all cases of kidney cancer. It most commonly occurs in men aged 50 to 70.
Seattle drafted Williams, 24 and nicknamed “The Monstar,” in the fifth round in 2013 out of Alabama and, before that, Arizona Western College. He was born on Thursday Island in the Australian state of Queensland.
Now, he's ready to start being a football player again.