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New England Patriots Running Back Reveals He Had Cancer

A closeup of a New England Patriots football helmet. The team will be without David Andrews in Week 3.

ATLANTA - AUGUST 11: A detailed view of a New England Patriots helmet prior to the NFL preseason game between the New England Patriots and the Atlanta Falcons on August 11, 2006 at the Georgia Dome in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo By Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)

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!