Former Rockwall football star, OU lineman Austin Woods battling lymphoma

NORMAN OK – Former Rockwall High School football star Austin Woods, a sophomore offensive lineman for the U. of Oklahoma Sooners football team, was diagnosed with Stage-3 Hodgkin’s lymphoma last week and began a series of chemotherapy treatments yesterday.

The news was first reported by Rivals network website SoonerScoop.com and reported today in Tulsa World.

Hodgkin’s lymphoma is a cancer of lymph tissue that is most common in people ages 15-30 and 50-70, according to WebMD.

SoonerScoop.com reported that Woods will receive chemotherapy in Oklahoma to be close to his teammates and that Woods’ parents, Don and Elizabeth Woods from Rockwall, are moving to Oklahoma and will stay with friends during his treatments.

According to Tulsa World, Woods posted a few thoughts on his Twitter feed yesterday at @AwesomeWoods_50:

“Fighters mentality. Round 1…” Woods tweeted in the morning.

Last evening, Woods posted that he found out last Thursday he has stage 3 Hodgkin’s lymphoma and that he is receiving treatment at OU’s Stephenson Cancer Center.

Woods also posted, “Thank you everyone for all the support! #beatcancer” and even got a message of encouragement from pro wrestler turned actor Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, a former University of Miami football player: “Stay strong man. Team Bring It’s pullin’ for ya.”

Tulsa World wrote that  in 2010 and 2011, Woods was OU’s deep snapper on placekicks and also played four games in 2011 on the offensive line. He earned Academic All-Big 12 in 2011 and was featured briefly during the Sooners’ “ESPN All-Access” preseason show in August.

He is nicknamed Thor for his long blond hair.

By J.J. Smith, Publisher


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