San Francisco 49ers left tackle Trent Williams survived cancer and has been through a lot of challenges on the field but he claims none of that can't be compared to his battle with COVID-19. Shortly after a loss to the New Orleans Saints on 15 November, Williams tested positive for the coronavirus and from then it became a battle since the left tackle was a cancer survivor and asthmatic.
Williams felt the effects of COVID-19 on his body for seven or eight days and he mostly dealt with respiratory issues. "It was the toughest thing I ever had to do in my career," Williams said Saturday. "Not only did I have, what, 14 days of literally nothing [to do], but I spent that time battling COVID.
It wasn't just sitting on the couch and having iced lemonade and just enjoying the newspaper. It was stressful times because you just never know how that's gonna affect you. Nobody knows until it actually runs its course."
But Williams didn't a miss a game
As the 49ers were on a bye week, Williams had an extra week to recover and he returned to the field in Week 12 against the Los Angeles Rams. "I honestly didn't expect to play," Williams said.
"That's a pretty good time period, but I have great teammates, great coaches. They helped me get through it." Seven-time Pro Bowl left tackle Williams was grateful that he won the battle without serious complications.
"Just coming off of the year I had in '19 where things didn't really go my way, I was kind of expecting this COVID deal to take the same turn," Williams said. "But luckily, I'm blessed, I got through it with little to no effect from it now.
"I'm just thankful because I know there's a lot of people out there who battled this virus and it didn't end so well for them. I never want to overlook that, but the last couple years have been pretty challenging.
But I'm standing here, so I'm blessed." Meanwhile, 49ers head coach Kyle Shanahan expressed his gratitude toward the Arizona Cardinals for providing his team a home during the Santa Clara County restrictions.
"The best scenario for us and the most convenient for us right now with the situation presented is just getting out to Arizona, there's a good setup there," Shanahan said. "The Cardinals have been awesome with us, everyone out there has been awesome with us.
I do believe we have a really good setup there to make the best of it, and that's where we'll play our games, too."