The New Orleans Saints have agreed to a three-year deal with tight end, Michael Hoomanawanui, who was recently diagnosed with a rare form of cancer called Burkitt lymphoma. The news came as a shock to both Hoomanawanui and the football community, but the Saints organization has shown unwavering support for their tight end in his journey to beat cancer and return to the field.
Hoomanawanui was diagnosed with Burkitt lymphoma in early August, leading to his release from the Saints roster. However, the team made it clear that they were committed to helping Hoomanawanui through his treatment and rehabilitation process, and that they would keep the door open for him to return once he is healthy.
This commitment was made apparent when the Saints offered Hoomanawanui a three-year deal, giving him the opportunity to focus on his recovery without having to worry about his future in the NFL. In a statement released by the team, Saints head coach, Sean Payton, praised Hoomanawanui’s character and determination, saying “Michael has proven to be a valuable member of our organization both on and off the field. He is a fighter and we are behind him every step of the way.”
Burkitt lymphoma is a type of non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma that affects the body’s immune system. It is a fast-growing cancer that can cause symptoms such as fever, night sweats, and weight loss. According to the Burkitt Lymphoma Society, the cancer is treatable with chemotherapy, but it requires aggressive treatment in order to achieve remission.
Hoomanawanui has been undergoing chemotherapy since his diagnosis, and he has already shown tremendous progress. In an Instagram post on September 25th, he shared an update on his condition, saying he was feeling “great” and that his doctors were “very pleased with his progress”. He also thanked the Saints organization and his fans for their support, saying “I am truly grateful.”
The Saints are not the only ones showing support for Hoomanawanui. Throughout the NFL, players, coaches, and fans have rallied around the tight end, sending messages of encouragement and offering their prayers. The outpouring of support has been overwhelming, and it is a reminder that football is more than just a game – it is a community that supports each other in times of need.
As Hoomanawanui continues his fight against Burkitt lymphoma, he can take comfort in knowing that he has the support of the Saints organization and the NFL community behind him. And when he eventually returns to the field, he will be greeted with cheers and applause, not just for his playing ability, but for his courage and determination in the face of adversity.