The Houston Texans announced Friday that S Andre Hal has been diagnosed with Hodgkin’s Lymphoma.
Statement from Andre Hal:
“My faith in God and the support from my family, friends, teammates and coaches will see me through this difficult time. I will not let this diagnosis stop me from fulfilling my dreams and I do not want anyone to feel sorry for me. I know how to beat this and I will beat it.”
Statement from the McNair family:
“We are saddened to learn of Andre’s diagnosis. Andre is tough and faithful and we believe he is prepared to win this fight. The McNair family as well as the entire Texans organization will continue to be there for him, love and support him, and pray for his recovery.”
“The news of Andre Hal’s diagnosis weighs heavy on the hearts of everyone in the Houston Texans family. Andre epitomizes what it means to be a Houston Texan through his leadership, community involvement and team-first attitude. We are confident that Andre’s resiliency and infectious positivity, along with treatment and care from the best medical community in the world, will guide him through his recovery. The entire Texans organization is behind Andre and his family during this difficult time and we look forward to his eventual return to the team.”
Hal, 26, is a former seventh-round pick of the Texans back in 2014. He was in the final year of his four-year, $2.28 million contract when he agreed to a three-year deal worth $15 million and includes $7 million guaranteed last year.
Hal stands to make base salaries of $3.25 million over the next three years of the agreement.
In 2016, Hal appeared in 15 games for the Texans and recorded 48 tackles, one sack, two interceptions, and seven pass defenses. Pro Football Focus had him rated as the No. 60 safety out of 90 qualifying players.
In 2017, Hal appeared in all 16 games for the Texans and recorded 71 tackles, three interceptions, two forced fumbles and five pass defenses.
This is terrible news to pass along and we’re wishing him all the best in this fight.