Good Luck to Marcus Cotton

4 May

The offensive lineman from TCU was the picked with 10th pick of the fifth round by the New England Patriots in last weekend’s NFL Draft despite a recent diagnosis of non-Hodgkin lymphoma. The intense scrutiny that NFL teams place on their potential draft picks just might have saved his life. After coming off a stellar season that saw his team go 13-0 and defeat Wisconsin in the Rose Bowl, Cotton headed off to the NFL Combine in Indianapolis where the players are measured, timed and tested in everyway imaginable. On of the teams requested a biopsy of a benign growth in his groin and the cancer was discovered.
Cotton has already had one chemo treatment and the prognosis is good. So good in fact, the Patriots went ahead and drafted him. Shows how far we have come in the treatment of cancer, as Cotton expects to be ready for training camp in June. Although I usually root against the Patriots, obviously I am pulling for Cotton. His success can show that a cancer treatment doesn’t have to keep you from reaching your dreams.

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