Jesse Williams diagnosed with cancer

Football took a backseat to real life Monday as the Seahawks announced that third-year pro Jesse Williams will be undergoing kidney surgery after he was diagnosed with Papillary Type 2 cancer.

The 6-3, 325 pound native of Australia was a star at Alabama, helping Nick Saban and the Crimson Tide win back to back national titles in 2011-12. In his two seasons at Tuscaloosa, Jesse Williams recorded 61 tackles, including 6.5 tackles for loss and 1.5 sacks.

His powerful game seemed to fit perfectly as a two-gapping nose guard and five-technique defensive end in Pete Carroll's scheme. Despite his clear talent, Williams to the 124th overall pick of the 2013 draft due to questions about the long-term health of his knees.

Williams, affectionately nicknamed "Tha Monstar" and going by that handle on Twitter, responded to the news with admirable courage, announcing that "Although disappointing, I am a fighter and will handle this. I am going to focus on my health and fighting this battle with a return to football as my ultimate goal. Thank you for your thoughts and support. Go Hawks!"

As part of the Seahawks' release, general manager John Schneider shared that "Jesse is an extraordinarily tough individual who has overcome a great deal in his life and we will support him in any way possible. He is in our thoughts and prayers." Top Stories