Free agent tight end Foster Moreau announced he has Hodgkin lymphoma and will be stepping away from the NFL.
The 25-year-old, who spent the past four seasons with the Las Vegas Raiders, took to Twitter to reveal he received his cancer diagnosis following a physical.
“Through somewhat of a miraculous process, this free agency period has been life changing for me,” Moreau wrote. “During a routine physical conducted by the Saints’ medical team down in New Orleans, I’ve come to learn that I have Hodgkin’s Lymphoma, and will be stepping away from football … at this time to fight a new opponent: Cancer.
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Foster Moreau of the Las Vegas Raiders walks off the field after a win over the Indianapolis Colts at Lucas Oil Stadium Jan. 2, 2022, in Indianapolis. (Justin Casterline/Getty Images)
“I’m grateful for the support and thankful for people who have stood firm with me. There hasn’t been a single step I’ve taken without hundreds of people lighting the path before me, and I will continue to seek their guidance.”
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Hodgkin lymphoma affects the lymphatic system, part of the body’s germ-fighting immune system, according to the Mayo Clinic.
Foster Moreau (87) of the Las Vegas Raiders runs with the ball during a game against the New England Patriots at Allegiant Stadium Dec. 18, 2022, Las Vegas. (Michael Owens/Getty Images)
Research from the American Cancer Society shows the five-year “relative survival rate for all patients diagnosed with Hodgkin lymphoma is now about 89%.”
The stage of the cancer and the age of the person who is diagnosed can impact those rates.
Tight end Foster Moreau of the Las Vegas Raiders warms up before a game against the New England Patriots at Allegiant Stadium Dec. 18, 2022, in Las Vegas. (Ethan Miller/Getty Images)
The Raiders selected Moreau in the fourth round of the 2019 draft. The former LSU standout has 1,107 receiving yards and 12 touchdowns in his career.
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He had a career-high 33 receptions last season and was officially designated a free agent at the start of the NFL’s new league year.
Chantz Martin is a sports writer for Fox News Digital.