Texans' John Metchie III shares how he is feeling after beating cancer

Metchie was diagnosed with cancer in 2022 July.

by Dzevad Mesic
Texans' John Metchie III shares how he is feeling after beating cancer

John Metchie III says he is feeling "better than ever" after beating acute promyelocytic leukemia. Metchie, who was a second-round of the Houston Texans in the 2022 NFL draft, was diagnosed with cancer in 2022 July. As a result, Metchie missed his entire rookie season.

But now a year later, Metchie is healthy and practicing with his teammates again. “This entire year has been eventful, for sure. It’s had its ups and downs. But being back on the field feels great. It’s been a long way coming but it definitely feels like a blessing and I feel grateful every day,” Metchie said, via Pro Football Talk.

Metchie after beating cancer: I'm 110 percent now

Metchie, who played college football at Alabama, claims this is the best he has ever felt on a football field. “I feel 110 percent, actually. I feel better now than I ever did in college, and I feel better than I was before I got diagnosed.

So I feel 110 percent," Metchie said. Metchie, who turned 23 last month, battled a very serious disease at a very young age. Fortunately, Metchie won his battle and the worst-case scenario was avoided. Now, Metchie has a different perspective as he is more grateful and not taking any day for granted.

“We kind of take for granted life and everything we have to do and everything we get to do every day. But then when it’s taken away from you, whether you’re young or old in a hospital, people see clearly what’s important to them and who’s important to them," Metchie explained.

In 2023, Metchie will be catching passes from C.J. Stroud, who the Texans took as the first overall pick in this year's NFL draft. After a few disappointing seasons, the Texans have turned to drafting players and developing young talents. Certainly, Metchie is one of the players the Texans would like to see develop well and become a key part of the team.