Nick Saban of Alabama issues message of support for John Machi III after leukemia diagnosis

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Alabama football coach Nick Saban expressed support for John Machi III following The former Crimson Tide star was diagnosed with leukemia.

Mechi, who was selected in the second round by Houston Texansissued a statement via the team on Sunday saying they had been diagnosed with a treatable form of leukemia.

FILE – Alabama wide receiver John Machi III walks during the second half of an NCAA college football game on October 23, 2021 in Tuscaloosa, Ala.
(AP Photo/Vasha Hunt, File)

“John has overcome every obstacle he has faced in his life with rigor and determination, and we are behind him every step of the way in his fight against leukemia,” Saban said. “It’s a blessing that he is in a city that is known for great medical care, and in the Houston Texans with an organization that will be with him throughout this journey. Our thoughts and prayers are with him throughout this fight.” Will stay.”

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in all three Weather in AlabamaMechi caught 155 passes for 2,081 yards and 14 touchdowns.

The 2021 season with Crimson Tide was his best. He took 96 catches for 1,142 yards and eight touchdowns. All were career highs. He finished third in the SEC in reception and receiving yards.

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Alabama Crimson Tide head coach Nick Saban catches Alabama Crimson Tide wide receiver John Machi III, #8 during the CFP National Championship game between the Alabama Crimson Tide and the Ohio State Buckeyes on January 11, 2021 at Hard Rock Stadium in Miami Gardens, Florida. Congratulations during  ,

Alabama Crimson Tide head coach Nick Saban catches Alabama Crimson Tide wide receiver John Machi III, #8 during the CFP National Championship game between the Alabama Crimson Tide and the Ohio State Buckeyes on January 11, 2021 at Hard Rock Stadium in Miami Gardens, Florida. Congratulations during ,
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“recently, me apl. was detected (Acute promyelocytic leukemia), the most curable form of leukemia. I am currently receiving very good medical care, am in good spirits and I hope to recover in time later,” he said.

“As a result of this diagnosis, I will not be playing football this season. My main focus will be on my health and recovery. Thanks in advance for your support and well wishes. I can’t wait to come back stronger than ever. God bless.” “

John Machi III of the Houston Texans smiles during NFL Football Rookie Minicamp practice on May 13, 2022 in Houston.

John Machi III of the Houston Texans smiles during NFL Football Rookie Minicamp practice on May 13, 2022 in Houston.
(AP photo/David J. Phillips, file)

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He caught a touchdown pass in the SEC Championship game against Georgia, but tore his ACL causing him to miss the college football playoffs.