Houston Texans offensive lineman David Quessenberry is vowing to fight after it was publicly revealed Tuesday that the former San Jose State star was diagnosed with lymphoma, a type of blood cancer.

"My attitude is I'm going to do whatever it takes to beat this thing and get back to where I was before I got diagnosed," Quessenberry said in an exclusive phone interview with this newspaper. "It was really hard. It's still not easy, but when you get a game plan together and you surround yourself with the best in the business, it makes it a little bit easier."

Quessenberry, 23, believed he was suffering from a chest cold when he experienced shortness of breath at a Texans practice June 3. He sought medical treatment and tests revealed Non-Hodgkins T Lymphoblastic Lymphoma. He began aggressive chemotherapy treatment last Friday at MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston.

  • With final standings still to be released, Stanford has clinched its 20th consecutive Directors' Cup as the nation's top intercollegiate athletic department. Points are awarded based on each school's finish in up to 20 sports -- 10 women's and 10 men's. With baseball and track and field national champions still to be determined, Stanford has 1,479 points, ahead of second-place Notre Dame (1,102.75).


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  • Santa Clara University alumna and trustee Mary Stevens, and her husband, Mark, have donated $7.7 million to the school, to be used to build a new soccer training center, a plaza, and to upgrade the current soccer stadium.

  • An appearance in Haas Pavilion by Final Four participant Wisconsin highlights the Cal men's basketball team's nonconference schedule. The Bears season starts Nov. 14 in the 2K Sports Classic against an opponent to be named.

    Wire services contributed to this report.

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    Former San Jose State player David Quessenberry is thankful for support from family and friends. Read more at www.mercurynews.com/sjsu-spartans