Nov 18, 2010, 2:30 PM EST
Were you wondering why the great white wide receiving hope known as Kevin Curtis still hasn’t latched onto an NFL roster this year after seven mostly stellar NFL seasons of burning defensive backs and giving balding white weekend warriors the comfort of knowing that they too could have made an NFL roster if they had the ability to run a 4.35 forty yard dash time? It was because he was stricken with a bout of testicular cancer that he has finally defeated with the help of an orchiectomy, which is the medical way of saying that they chopped one of his testicles off to ensure that the cancer wouldn’t spread. Cancer free, Curtis is ready to return to the NFL and maybe steal some of the thunder Lance Armstrong’s been wielding as the sole American icon who has defeated what is arguably man’s worst fear (I am choosing to ignore Tom Green, for obvious reasons).
Kevin Curtis, a Utah native who starred for the Philadelphia Eagles before injuries sidelined him most of the last two seasons, has put off signing a free-agent deal this year. At first it was because of a lingering knee injury that didn’t fully heal until recently, but then it became something else that he kept secret. Curtis has testicular cancer.
He underwent surgery Sept. 23 at the Huntsman Cancer Institute to remove a cancerous testicle. He waited until meeting with doctors late Wednesday afternoon to learn more about the treatment and prognosis before going public with his condition.
“Everything looks good,” he said. “They caught it early, and there is no sign that it has spread. I’m pretty fortunate, really.”
Curtis’ agent will send a letter soon to all 32 NFL teams to inform them of his client’s illness and availability. Curtis has already resumed light training. He can return to intense training in a couple of weeks.
Can anybody tell me why America chooses to focus all of its cancer fighting resources on breast cancer awareness? The NFL dedicates what feels like half of their season to wearing pink things so we’re aware that, yes, breasts have the ability to get cancerous. We get the memo. Making sure breasts are healthy is great and all, but have you ever heard of a prostate or testicular cancer awareness month? I’m sure they exist, yet we probably gloss right over them and skip right over to breast cancer to sate our boob fixation. Does testicular cancer even have a signature color?! I feel like we’re missing some golden opportunities to shed some light on our frightened testicles.
After bout with cancer, WR Kevin Curtis ready for return [YAHOO! Sports]
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