For the first time in his NFL career, Foster Moreau is a free agent. And as it turns out, his free agency happened at the right time. Because while taking a physical with another team, Moreau found out that he has cancer.
Moreau visited with the New Orleans Saints, his hometown team. On Wednesday, Moreau shared that in his physical, he learned that he has cancer, specifically Hodgkin’s lymphoma.
He took to Twitter to both announce his diagnosis and to share that he’s “stepping away from football.”
“Through somewhat of a miraculous process, this Free Agency period has been life changing for me. During a routine physical conducted by the Saint’s 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. 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,” Moreau tweeted.
at this time to fight a new opponent: Cancer. 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. (2/3)
— Foster Moreau (@fhmoreau) March 22, 2023
Moreau finished with, “That being said, I’ll go kick this thing’s *** and get back to doing what I love! AMDG!”
The NFL community sent its best wishes to Moreau upon hearing the scary news.
A debt of gratitude to the Saints medical staff who have now twice detected a serious disease during a routine physical.
Long-snapper Jon Dorenbos found out he had an aortic aneurysm that required open-heart surgery when he took his physical https://t.co/N0xhw0vYU7…
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) March 22, 2023
Reminds me of the Jon Dorenbos situation years ago. So glad Foster was able to get this identified in time and shoutout to the #Saints medical staff for, again, helping someone reach awareness of a serious condition. Nothing but the best to Foster as he moves ahead. 🙏🏾🙏🏾🙏🏾 https://t.co/nnZLe50Elv
— Ross Jackson (@RossJacksonNOLA) March 22, 2023
Having this detected is an incredible blessing 🙏🏾 https://t.co/wLBon41sj3
— John DeShazier (@JohnDeShazier) March 22, 2023
Thinking about Foster as he fights this. We can’t wait to see you back on the field soon! https://t.co/1UJl5tgeAQ
— LSU Football (@LSUfootball) March 22, 2023
Your Raider family is with you, Foster. 🖤 https://t.co/MM5yGGJ8zo
— Las Vegas Raiders (@Raiders) March 22, 2023
Best of luck to a NOLA native and LSU product — and kudos to the Saints’ medical diligence. Hope for a full and speedy recovery! https://t.co/QAhC1tcDs2
— Mike Triplett (@MikeTriplett) March 22, 2023
Wishing you a quick recovery. https://t.co/3s1eEUvmXQ
— Judy Battista (@judybattista) March 22, 2023
I’m so sorry to hear this, Foster. This is terrible news, I am praying for you to beat this and rise above. Sending positive vibes to you!! https://t.co/WZCsjkoMDn
— Kenny King Jr (@KennyKing_Jr) March 22, 2023
Love you and we are here for you 🙏🏼 praying for you brother! https://t.co/cOZ5oZ6l1b
— Derek Carr (@derekcarrqb) March 22, 2023
Moreau was selected by the then-Oakland Raiders (now the Las Vegas Raiders) in the fourth round of the 2019 NFL Draft. With Darren Waller missing substantial time, Moreau had his best NFL season in 2022, catching 33 passes for 420 yards, both career highs.