Watching the fire-breathing Jets defensive lineman Quinnen Williams across the scrimmage isn’t something most people would consider an enjoyable experience. But for kids dealing with and being treated for childhood cancer at Goryeb Children’s Hospital in Morristown, a virtual visit on Tuesday with Williams and his cheek-to-cheek smile was a dose of positive medicine and cheerfulness at a difficult time.
“I’m an ambassador for the American Cancer Society. My mother died of breast cancer,” Williams told Bart Scott and Dan Graca in this week’s edition of “Inside the Jets.” The first thing I wanted to do when I went to the NFL [in 2019] was to do all I can to get the word of the American Cancer Society to the world. I have a great platform to play for the Jets and in the NFL. I do what I can to help the cancer community. The Jets organization helps with childhood cancer, and the first time I heard about it, I said I would do anything to help.”
Williams’ mother, Marquischa, died in 2010 at the age of 37 after surviving cancer for five years. When she died, Quinnen was 12 years old and his brother Quincy, now a linebacker with the Jets, was about to turn 15.
Due to his well-known dedication to fighting all forms of cancer, Quinnen Williams was the perfect person to start a weeklong program in the Jets’ and the Atlantic Health System’s participation in the Crucial Catch: Intercept Cancer campaign in partnership. with the NFL. During Sunday’s game at MetLife Stadium against a visiting Tennessee, the Jets will receive as honorary captains three children who have completed their cancer treatment. The team has also pledged $80,000 through the Jets Foundation and the annual Charity Golf Classic (held at Morris County Golf Club on Monday, October 4) to support Goryeb Children’s Hospital. Proceeds from the charity golf tournament will also benefit The Foundation for Morristown Medical Center.
“It’s a great program and this is a little proof of what I can do,” Williams said. “Something little to brighten their day. I went through the same thing and I hope to make them think about something happy and positive while living in a negative, bad time. Anything I can do I am willing to do” When the Jets asked me to do this, it was an automatic yes. I am super positive and super blessed to be an NFL player. I’m young and my life is going well, but others are struggling with cancer. This is a chance for me to share my blessings with them so they can experience a little bit of happiness.”
At the game on Sunday, each of the three honorary captains will receive a custom-made Jets jersey, a shopping spree in the Jets Shop and the opportunity to watch the game with their family from a suite.