Former Pitt offensive lineman Alex Officer has been diagnosed with cancer, his agent confirmed Tuesday.
Officer first noticed a nagging pain in his knee during training this summer. After getting a series of tests done, he was diagnosed with osteosarcoma. His treatment will require two rounds of chemotherapy and surgery. He is scheduled to begin chemotherapy next week.
Jordan Byrd, Officer’s agent, said he plans on making a full recovery and hopes to play football again.
Officer’s brother Jerome Lewis, started a fundraiser, which can be found here, and is hoping to raise $100,000 to contribute to his treatment.
Officer, a center and guard, played for Pitt from 2013-17 and started 46 consecutive games to finish his career. After graduating, had been part of the offseason rosters of the Oakland Raiders and Kansas City Chiefs this summer.
Officer signed with the Chiefs on August 11, but he was waived three days later for “failure to disclose physical condition.” Officer also worked out with the Chicago Bears in early August, but was not signed. The Raiders waived Officer in May.