New England Patriots running back Brandon Bolden is in the midst of arguably his best NFL season. But his success this year feels even more special after he recently revealed a major health issue.
Speaking to the Patriots' official website, Bolden revealed that he was diagnosed with epidermoid carcinoma, a form of skin cancer, in 2018. But he's cancer-free now and says the experience changed him.
“It took a lot,” Bolden said. “There was a lot of naysaying from doctors and everything else. [I’m] just here to prove people wrong and continue to grow and get stronger. It changed my perspective about a lot - I thought I was doing everything to prevent stuff like that from happening and it happened. I had surgery and that was kind of my reset. I was able to redo it and reprocess how I was doing everything in my life, and here we are, like I said going on four years of being cancer-free.”
Bolden decided to opt out of the 2020 NFL season due to the COVD-19 pandemic. That decision makes a lot more sense now.
But Brandon Bolden returned to the Patriots and is having one of his best years ever. He has 540 yards from scrimmage this season - a new career-high.
2021 has been an incredible bounceback year for the Patriots as a team. But few players have bounced back in a bigger way than Brandon Bolden.
Congrats on the clean bill of health!