Brodarious Hamm is expected to have a bright future ahead of him at Auburn, but he has a much more important and pressing battle on his hands first.
As reported by 247 Sports, Hamm was recently diagnosed with Hodgkin’s Lymphoma, a form of cancer contained in white blood cells which can spread from there through the body. Hamm is reportedly one week into his first round of chemotheraphy, and expects to make a full recovery in time to compete for Auburn as a freshman.
“We’re going to be there for him,” Auburn coach Gus Malzahn told 247 site AuburnUndercover. “He’s going to get through this and we expect him to be with us after a short period of time after he gets healthy.”
Still, it’s too early for Hamm to have a firm feel on his future timing, and that’s fine with Auburn. The Tigers have supported the teen and will welcome him with open arms in May, when he originally planned to enroll, or August if he has to delay. For now, the beefy lineman is focused on his treatment, and is so far encouraged that he’s been able to remain just as beefy as he was before the diagnosis.
“At first, I was scared,” Hamm told AuburnUndercover. “But I talked with the doctor and he said I’d be alright. He was just like, ‘This is nothing to worry about. Believe in the treatment and believe in God and everything will be alright.’
“(Chemotherapy) hasn’t been bad,” he said. “I haven’t lost any weight.”