Former University of Hawaii placekicker and punter Rigoberto Sanchez, now of the Indianapolis Colts, has been diagnosed with a cancerous tumor and will undergo surgery Tuesday, he said in an Instagram post this morning.
Sanchez, in his fourth season with Indianapolis, kicked out Sunday’s loss to Tennessee and made an off-kick attempt late in the game, but handed his usual kickoff duties to Rodrigio Blankenship, the Indianapolis Star said.
Sanchez kicked five times for an average of 50.4.
After the game, Indianapolis head coach Frank Reich told the media that Sanchez was dealing with a medical situation: “I give Rigo a lot of credit for the way he punted today and that he really came through for us when we needed him the way he did. . ”
Sanchez did not disclose the tumor’s location, but said doctors reported they believed the diagnosis was made before it spread all over his body.
“Unfortunately, there are things you can’t control in life, and this is one of them,” Sanchez said in his post. “No planning or preparation would have prepared me for these kinds of setbacks, but as I told my wife, we cannot flinch. Keep striving to come back stronger than ever. “
Sanchez added, “It is always God’s plan, and it will always be greater than my plans. I know it won’t be an easy bump in the road, but I know that my wonderful wife is supportive, along with family, coaches, and friends who reach out. “
Sanchez played at UH for two seasons, 2015 and ’16, leading the team scoring and punting both years.
In 2016, he kicked a 55-meter field goal in Michigan, one meter below the school record.
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