In late December, the rest of the college football world found out what few outside of Florida State knew: that the mother of quarterback EJ Manuel had been diagnosed with breast cancer and undergoing chemotherapy treatments.
In a regular season-ending loss to Florida, Manuel had a tough game with three interceptions. According to Seminoles coach Jimbo Fisher, Manuel was affected by his mother’s appearance when he saw her in the pregame ceremonies for senior day.
“It all culminated,” Fisher said. “His mama wasn’t supposed to come to the Florida game, and she walked out there on the field and he hadn’t seen her in eight weeks and she looked a lot different.”
Thankfully, it appears Manuel’s mother will return to a more normal life. She was scheduled to have surgery Friday, and in a tweet, Manuel said that his mother is now officially cancer free.
— EJ Manuel (@EJManuel3) February 1, 2013
Congratulations to Manuel, his mother and their entire family. Here’s to a long, healthy life.