Houston Texans rookie wide receiver John Metchi III, who was diagnosed with a form of leukemia in July, surprised the nurses and patients who supported his recovery on Monday night at NRG Stadium.

The 2022 second-round pick from Alabama gave the group a tour of the stadium and gifts, and ended the evening by serving them dinner at the team’s cafe. The gesture was meant to show appreciation for the support they had given Metchi throughout his cancer treatment.

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“It is a blessing to be a blessing. I think it’s always great to keep that in mind and a great way to keep your spirits up and keep going,” Metchi III said on the Texans’ website. “Just knowing that no matter what situation you’re in, how bad or high you are, it’s always a blessing to be able to be a blessing to someone else.”

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Metchi is on the list of non-football ailments and is unlikely to play this season, but while he recovers, he trains at the Texans’ base. He also occasionally attended Texans practice, which boosted the morale of teammates.

“We’ve been praying for John and watching him battle his severe illness, but it’s good for the team that he’s back in full force,” Texans coach Lovi Smith said Aug. 23. “He is family. of course understands what John is going through. The visual means a lot. That special smile that he has, everyone was pleased to see it today.”