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Cancer survivor David Quessenberry is finally getting his first big NFL chance, six years after being drafted. 

By Dan Gartland
September 16, 2019

Big man touchdowns don’t get better than this

The Colts may have spoiled the Titans’ home debut but nothing could have dampened Tennessee offensive lineman David Quessenberry’s day. 

Quessenberry, who nearly missed out on his NFL dream after he was diagnosed with non-Hodgkins lymphoma in 2014, scored the Titans’ first touchdown of the day.

Quessenberry spent nearly his entire rookie season with the Texans on injured reserve with a foot issue after being selected in the sixth round of the 2013 draft. He was diagnosed with cancer in June 2014, just before his second NFL season, and spent nearly three years receiving treatment. He was finally given a clean bill of health in April 2017, just in time to rejoin his teammates and fight for a spot on the team. 

Quessenberry spent 2017 on Houston’s practice squad and was released on cut-down day in 2018. The Titans signed him to the practice squad last year and now he’s on the 53-man roster as a swing tackle. He also plays in Tennessee’s jumbo package as a tight end, a position he hasn’t played since high school. But Quessenberry clearly still has the hands from his pass catching days and was able to haul in that touchdown against Indianapolis. 

“I have been through a lot, and it has been a long journey to get here,” Quessenberry said after the game. “Even with all of that, to go out there and score a touchdown, it is crazy. That was amazing. It was epic.”

What a thriller in Denver

The first 58 minutes of Broncos-Bears was about as exciting as you would expect a game between teams quarterbacked by Joe Flacco and Mitchell Trubisky. But oh boy, those last two minutes were something else. 

Here’s how it went down:

Flacco threw a touchdown pass to cut Chicago’s lead to 13–12 with 31 seconds remaining. Denver opted to go for two but was called for delay of game. The Broncos then decided to go for the extra point instead and the kick was wide. But the Bears jumped offside on the kick. Denver then went for two and converted. But Trubisky answered with a miraculous drive to give Eddy Piniero a shot at the game-winner. 

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What that video doesn’t show you, though, is this extremely weak roughing the passer call that tacked 15 yards on to the first play of the drive. 

The NFL is standing by the call, though, saying referee Eddie Hill made a “judgement call.”

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