Houston Texans wide receiver John Metchie made a triumphant return to the field on Tuesday for the team’s offseason workouts after missing his entire rookie season last year due to acute promyelocytic leukemia, a form of cancer.
Awesome: WR John Metchie returned to the field for #Texans offseason workouts after missing his rookie season with leukemia ❤
Coach DeMeco Ryans said he's healthy and ready to go for the 2023 season 👏 pic.twitter.com/bVJTl7ReAJ
— Dov Kleiman (@NFL_DovKleiman) April 26, 2023
Metchie, who was selected as the 44th overall pick in the 2022 NFL draft, was considered a promising player after a successful college career at the University of Alabama. However, his health issues derailed his rookie season.
After being diagnosed with leukemia, Metchie announced that he would sit out the 2022 season to focus on his health and recovery. He also had to undergo rehabilitation for a torn ACL that he suffered during the SEC Championship Game.
Despite the setbacks, Metchie remained determined to return to the field and resume his NFL career. And on Tuesday, he took the first step towards achieving that goal by participating in the Texans’ offseason workouts.
Although the workouts are closed to the media and the public, photos released by the Texans showed Metchie running and catching passes, suggesting that he is in good shape and ready to compete.
Texans head coach DeMeco Ryans expressed his optimism about Metchie’s health and readiness for the 2023 season. Ryans, who was hired to head coach in January, praised Metchie’s work ethic and resilience.
Metchie’s return is a positive development for the Texans, who finished with a 3-13-1 record last season and are in the midst of a rebuilding phase while holding the 2nd overall pick in the Draft. With Metchie, Nico Collins, and veteran Robert Woods on the roster, the Texans have a solid group of wide receivers who can help improve their offense.
The team also signed receiver Noah Brown and TE Dalton Schultz this offseason.
Metchie’s comeback story is also an inspiration to others who may be battling cancer or other health challenges. His determination to overcome adversity and return to the field is a testament to his character and perseverance.
As the Texans continue their offseason program, Metchie’s progress will be closely monitored. But for now, his return to the field is a reason for the Texans and their fans to be excited and hopeful for the upcoming season.