SAVANNAH, GA (WTOC) -Bill Searcey says this is his first time back to the Benedictine Campus since he graduated - a school he credits with a great background.
"Just a solid foundation of discipline which I needed badly, and then education and athletics," said the former BC offensive lineman.
Searcey went on to start on two National Championship teams at Alabama under the legendary Bear Bryant. He then went on to a career in pro football, including the San Diego Chargers. He’s battled weight gain and addiction, but now he’s in for a bigger battle - pancreatic cancer. Yet, he remains positive.
“Through my faith in God, my family, and my friends, the last few months have not been a bad thing. We continue to be very positive about the outcome. I mean, I wake up everyday and ask ‘do I really have cancer? I don’t feel like I have cancer.’ But I do, so we have to deal with it, and once again it’s one of those things you have to deal with, and you have to believe that on the other side, things are going to be a lot better and that’s what I believe.”
Searcey was able to catch up with friends on this trip, which helps. He says he leans on experience from beating addiction, and all of his coaches, including The Bear.
“Coach Bryant used to say that you’re going to come home one day and your wife has run off with your best friend and they took your dog. What are you going to do then? He used to say ‘what are you going to do when you lose? What are you going to do when you win? What are you going to do when you’re behind in the game? You always play like you’re losing.’ That’s what we were taught in college. You always play like you’re losing, and I think life’s a lot like that, it’s kind of taught me to keep getting up, and keep getting up and keep getting up.”
Bill tells us that things look good right now. He just finished up his eighth chemo treatment. The tumor has shrunken, and his next surgery is scheduled for Feb. 26 in Birmingham.