NFL tight end Foster Moreau, who played with the Las Vegas Raiders the last four seasons, said Wednesday he discovered he had Hodgkin lymphoma during a routine free-agency health exam. The player had been visiting several teams for next season, but is now sidelined to “fight a new opponent,” he wrote on Twitter.
“Through somewhat of a miraculous process, this Free Agency period has been life changing for me,” Moreau wrote on Twitter. “During a routine physical conducted by the Saint’s medical team down in New Orleans, I’ve come to learn that I have Hodgkin’s Lymphoma and will be stepping away from football at this time to fight a new opponent: Cancer.”
Moreau, 25, pledged to “go kick this thing’s ass and get back to doing what I love!”
Hodgkin lymphoma is a blood cancer that attacks the lymphatic system. It is“one of the most curable forms of cancer,” according to the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society.
Moreau, an LSU alum, caught 91 passes, including a career-high 33 last season, for 1,107 yards and 12 touchdowns with the Raiders.
Former Raiders quarterback Derek Carr, now with the Saints, tweeted: “Love you and we are here for you ... praying for you brother!”