When the Philadelphia Eagles released wide receiver Kevin Curtis this past offseason, I don't think very many of us were surprised. The writing was all over the Andy Reid wall. Kevin had been battling back-to-back injury-plagued seasons and his production had dropped tremendously. Add that to the emergence of DeSean Jackson and Jeremy Maclin and there was little room for aging, oft-injured wideouts. Reggie Brown was released as well. I wrote an article early in the 2009 season about this very subject.
I was however surprised when I didn't see Kevin's name showing up on any other team rosters. I even checked the UFL website trying to figure out where this once-heralded Eagles wide receiver had gone. It didn't make sense considering how many NFL teams needed a productive wideout.
I learned he was back in Utah, at his offseason home in Park City still recovering from his knee injury. That put my mind at ease; it only made sense that teams would wait until he was fully healed before signing him. Then today as I read the local Utah newspaper I learned that just as Kevin was feeling like he was ready to play football again, he found out he had testicular cancer.
Curtis found out a few weeks ago and his doctors recommended surgery. Wanting to play football immediately, he sought other opinions, but those doctors agreed that surgery was the next step.
"I wanted to wait until the season was over," says Curtis. "They said it was risky too wait."
Fortunately following the surgery Kevin's doctors had good news.
Kevin learned that he has seminoma, which is considered one of the most treatable and curable cancers.
"Everything looks good," he said. "They caught it early, and there is no sign that it has spread. I'm pretty fortunate, really."
If everything checks out Kevin fully expects to be back in the NFL, perhaps even this year.
Curtis is showing that he is serious about returning to football as soon as possible. His father, Stuart, called Kevin at midnight two days before the surgery to see how he was doing. He was at the Cottonwood High School track running pass routes and repeat sprints alone with only a full moon for light.
He is also realistic. "I don't know for sure what's going to happen. I'm prepared never to play again if it doesn't work out, but I want to give it a shot. Even if I don't play this year, I think I would prepare all year and try next year."
Kevin, our thoughts and prayers are wishing you a speedy recovery. If you would like to show support for Kevin or wish him well please click on this Facebook page or feel free to leave a comment.
Source: Deseret News