Football in Alabama: John Metchie III, a former Tide wide receiver, reports having leukemia

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Football in Alabama: John Metchie III, a former Tide wide receiver, reports having leukemia

John Metchie III, a former wide receiver for Alabama, made the announcement that he has been diagnosed with leukemia and most likely won't participate in the 2022 NFL season.


In a statement made by the Texans, Metchie stated, "Recently I was diagnosed with APL (Acute Promyelocytic Leukemia), the most treatable form of Leukemia.


"I am in excellent spirits, receiving excellent medical treatment right now, and I anticipate recovering at a later date.


"Given this diagnosis, it's likely that I won't play football this year. My health and recovery will be my primary priorities. I appreciate your support and kind wishes in advance. I can't wait to return even better than before. God bless.


After sending three picks to the Cleveland Browns in the first round of the 2022 NFL Draft, Houston selected Metchie in the second round.


The Texans selected Metchie with the 44th overall pick following the change.


Prior to turning pro, Metchie became a star for the Alabama football team. With the Crimson Tide a year ago, he recorded 96 receptions for 1,142 yards and eight touchdowns.


He suffered an ACL tear in the SEC Championship Game in December of last year, but he had previously said he anticipated being recovered and prepared for his first training camp.


In the 2020 football season, Metchie made a big impact for Alabama, catching 55 catches for 916 yards and six touchdowns while averaging 16.7 yards per catch.


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