David Quessenberry

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David Quessenberry
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Quessenberry at the 2012 Military Bowl
No. 77 Houston Texans
Position: Offensive tackle
Personal information
Date of birth: (1990-08-24) August 24, 1990 (age 26)
Place of birth: La Jolla, California
Height: 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m)
Weight: 307 lb (139 kg)
Career information
High school: Carlsbad (CA) La Costa Canyon
College: San Jose State
NFL Draft: 2013 / Round: 6 / Pick: 176
Career history
Roster status: Active
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics
Player stats at NFL.com

David Lee Quessenberry Jr. (born August 24, 1990) is an American football offensive tackle for the Houston Texans of the National Football League (NFL). He was drafted by the Texans in the sixth round of the 2013 NFL Draft. He played college football at San Jose State. On June 10, 2014, he was diagnosed with non-Hodgkins T Lymphoblastic Lymphoma at the age of 23.

High school career[edit]

Born in the La Jolla community of San Diego, Quessenberry attended La Costa Canyon High School in Carlsbad, California and lettered in football and lacrosse.[1] Quessenberry played tight end at La Costa Canyon.[2] His father played college football at the United States Naval Academy and served in the United States Navy from 1980 to 2010.[3]

College career[edit]

Having no scholarship offers out of high school, Quessenberry met a San Jose State assistant coach who was recruiting a teammate.[4] Quessenberry later walked-on to the Spartans football team at San Jose State University in 2008 and redshirted that year to bulk up from his 235-pound weight.[2] He would go on to play in 50 games for the Spartans with 38 starts. As a freshman in 2009 under coach Dick Tomey, Quessenberry played in all 12 games mostly on special teams and was a reserve at offensive tackle and tight end.[1]

Quessenberry first earned an athletic scholarship the summer before sophomore season of 2010.[4] In a 1-12 season under new coach Mike MacIntyre, Quessenberry started in all 13 games and played mostly as a punt protector and extra point lineman. As a junior in 2011, Quessenberry again started all 12 games of the season, and San Jose State football improved to 5-7. Quessenberry earned second-team All-WAC honors.[1]

In his senior season, an 11-2 season in 2012 that included a 2012 Military Bowl victory, Quessenberry became team captain and was a Burlsworth Trophy finalist for best non-scholarship NCAA FBS player. He was also on the Rotary Lombardi Award watch list.[1][4] After starting 27 straight games dating back to 2009, Quessenberry sat out the September 15 game due to an ankle injury suffered in the first play of the September 8 game.[1][5] On September 29, Quessenberry played in a game against Navy, a team with younger brother Paul as an offensive lineman.[6] Selected for the 2013 Senior Bowl, Quessenberry became the first San Jose State offensive lineman to play in a Senior Bowl. He was a first-team all-WAC selection.[1] In December 2012, Quessenberry graduated from San Jose State with a B.A. in history.[1]

Professional career[edit]

He was drafted by the Houston Texans in the sixth round, 176th overall in 2013 NFL Draft.[7]

Pre-draft measurables
Ht Wt Arm length Hand size 40-yd dash 10-yd split 20-yd split 20-ss 3-cone Vert Broad BP
6 ft 5 in 302 lb 3438 in 1058 in 5.08 s 1.72 s 2.92 s 4.45 s 7.49 s 29.5 in 9 ft 4 in 25 reps
All values are from the NFL Scouting Combine.[8][9]

On September 10, 2013, the Texans placed Quessenberry on injured reserve after he injured a foot during practice, a season-ending injury.[10][11]

On June 10, 2014, the Texans announced Quessenberry felt fatigue and had persistent cough. After seeking a medical evaluation, he was diagnosed with Lymphoma. As a result, the Texans put him on the Non-Football Illness designation. He was waived by the Texans with a non-football injury designation in May 2016.[12] He cleared waivers and was placed on the team's non-football injury list.[13]

After completing his cancer treatment, Quessenberry returned to practice with the Texans at the start of OTAs on May 23, 2017.[14]

Personal life[edit]

In June 2014, Quessenberry was diagnosed with Hodgkin's lymphoma after experiencing fatigue and persistent cough.[15] On February 25, 2015, his cancer went into remission after completing radiation treatment, then on April 13, 2017, he officially completed his cancer treatment.[16][17][18] On June 12, 2017 Quessenberry was named the 2017 George Halas Award. The award is given to the "player, coach or staff member who overcomes the most adversity to succeed."[19]


  1. ^ a b c d e f g "David Quessenberry". San Jose State Athletics. Archived from the original on May 30, 2013. 
  2. ^ a b Canepa, Nick (December 9, 2012). "David Quessenberry works way up after walking on at San Jose State". San Diego Union-Tribune. Retrieved March 3, 2013. 
  3. ^ Durkin, Jimmy (September 27, 2012). "San Jose State's visit to Navy an inspirational bond for Quessenberry family". San Jose Mercury News. 
  4. ^ a b c Loh, Stefanie (September 19, 2012). "SJSU's San Diegans Ronnie Yell and David Quessenberry excited to take on Aztecs". San Diego Union-Tribune. Retrieved March 3, 2013. 
  5. ^ Barraza, Stephanie (December 3, 2012). "David Quessenberry talks Spartan football and his favorite food". Spartan Daily. Archived from the original on February 16, 2015. Retrieved March 3, 2013. 
  6. ^ Wagner, Bill (September 27, 2012). "Brothers armed for Navy-San Jose clash". Capital Gazette. Retrieved March 3, 2013. [permanent dead link]
  7. ^ http://www.houstontexans.com/news/article-2/Texans-trade-up-draft-San-Jose-St-T-David-Quessenberry/8fc7b951-0250-4036-b373-075d53d30903
  8. ^ "David Quessenberry". NFL Draft Scout. Retrieved July 20, 2013. 
  9. ^ "David Quessenberry draft profile". NFL. Retrieved July 20, 2013. 
  10. ^ McClain, John (September 4, 2013). "David Quessenberry out for season with broken foot". Ultimate Texans. Chron.com. Retrieved September 29, 2013. 
  11. ^ "Houston Texans Transactions: Week ending September 15, 2013". NFL. Retrieved September 29, 2013. 
  12. ^ Ganguli, Tania (May 31, 2016). "Texans waive David Quessenberry but not counting him out for future". espn.com. Retrieved October 1, 2016. 
  13. ^ "Roster". houstontexans.com. Archived from the original on October 1, 2016. Retrieved October 1, 2016. 
  14. ^ Patra, Kevin (May 23, 2017). "David Quessenberry returns after cancer battle". NFL.com. 
  15. ^ Rosenthal, Gregg (June 10, 2014). "David Quessenberry diagnosed with lymphoma". NFL.com. Retrieved April 13, 2017. 
  16. ^ Patra, Kevin (February 25, 2015). "Texans' Quessenberry says cancer is in remission". NFL.com. Retrieved April 13, 2017. 
  17. ^ Patra, Kevin (April 13, 2017). "Texans' David Quessenberry finishes chemo treatment". NFL.com. 
  18. ^ Patra, Kevin (February 25, 2015). "Texans' Quessenberry says cancer is in remission". NFL.com. Retrieved April 13, 2017. 
  19. ^ Chavez, Chris (June 12, 2017). "Texans' David Quessenberry wins George Halas award after non-Hodgkin's Lymphoma battle". SI.com. 

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