Gopher and four-time cancer survivor Casey O'Brien tweets spot found on lungs

No word on if it is cancer, but doctors will remove it given O'Brien's history

Lindsey Peterson
November 25, 2019 - 4:03 pm
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Just a few weeks ago, cancer survivor Casey O'Brien got into a game against Rutgers, holding for a couple of extra points.  A seemingly simple play lead to O'Brien being mobbed by teammates, and winning the Big Ten's Special Teams Player of the Week.  Gopher sophomore Casey O'Brien today put some less wanted news on Twitter.

O'Brien, who is a four-time cancer survivor, tweeted out that earlier on Monday, his three-month scan showed a spot in one of his lungs.  Doctors "are not sure what it is", but they will be removing it.  

O'Brien is the third-string holder for the Gophers and told coach P.J. Fleck he was determined to play this season.  Fleck wasn't so sure.  But O'Brien made good on his promise.

"He's an unbelievable person. He's been through an awful lot," Gopher coach P.J. Fleck told Big Ten Network after the Rutgers game. "When you think courage, you think Casey O'Brien. When you think Row the Boat, you think our program. You think the University of Minnesota and our state of Minnesota, you think Casey O'Brien. No one can ever take away that he played college football in the Big Ten. No one can ever take that away from him."

O'Brien is a Cretin Derham Hall grad.  Watch his inspiring story from ESPN here. 

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