49ers' Trent Williams shares his emotional battle with cancer and how he was able to bounce back

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49ers tackle Trent Williams is one of the best to ever do it at his position. Being drafted out of Oklahoma as the fourth overall pick in the 2010 NFL Draft, Williams has far exceeded any expectations set for him, but his future wasn't always guareenteed.

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Williams made an appearance on 'The Adam Schefter Podcast' to discuss his battle with cancer and how before his diagnosis, he felt like he was on top of the world and admitted how his life as a professional athlete made him take things for granted.

"I took a lot of stuff for granted, just in life in general," Williams told ESPN's Adam Schefter. "Just being an NFL athlete, and the last 15 years of life have kind of been scheduled, documented, basically pampered, so to speak. Just keeping it honest, just being an athlete, especially while you're in it, there's not a ton of struggles that you encounter. Me being successful in the sport and doing what I was at the time, I just felt like, for lack of a better word, I just felt untouchable."

That feeling of invincibility would change once a doctor diagnosed Williams with dermatofibrosarcoma protuberans, a rare form of cancer, was found on Williams' head. The doctor even told the eight-time Pro Bowler to 'get his affairs in order,' which is an indication that he may end up dying.

"They told me to get my affairs in order," Williams shared. "They told me to get close to my kid. They told me to just kind of get closer to the things that matter most."

Football took a backseat in Williams' mind. Medical experts were telling him he didn't have long to live.

"I thought football was over with," Williams said.

Luckily for Williams, he was able to beat the cancer, is back to being healthy and currently is the highest-rated player in the NFL this season according to Pro Football Focus.' In fact, Williams is on pace to be the site's all-time highest-graded player.

Another twist to this story is that the growth was first noticed in 2013 by the Washington Football Team's medical staff who according to Williams, claimed the growth was not serious at the time they spotted it. This was a major reason Williams requested a trade from the franchise.

Schefter then asked Williams about how his journey changed the way he approaches the game of football and life, which made Williams very emotional when he was finally able to muster a response.

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"I just don't take it for granted," Williams was finally able to say. "Just, every Sunday, I just give thanks because I didn't know how close it was to not being there."

What an incredible story. A documentary chronicling Williams' battle with cancer called, Silverback: The Trent Williams Story, is being released documenting Williams' incredible journey.

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