University of Notre Dame graduate assistant Kyle McCarthy (‘09) will take intermittent leaves of absence from the Irish football program, head coach Brian Kelly announced Thursday morning.
“A few weeks ago, I was diagnosed with a very treatable form of cancer,” said McCarthy. “Yesterday, I began chemotherapy as the next step in eliminating this disease. I'm truly blessed to have such amazing love and support from family and friends.
“Thank you to everyone for your thoughts and prayers over the last few weeks. I expect a full recovery and look forward to returning to the team during and after my treatment. Go Irish!”
“Kyle’s attitude and outlook toward his treatment is remarkable,” said Kelly. “We will support him the entire way. We are very confident he’ll receive the necessary treatment to make a complete recovery.”
McCarthy is in his first year as a graduate assistant with the Irish, working primarily with the team’s secondary. A team captain in 2009, McCarthy’s 240 career tackles rank second in school history amongst defensive backs.
McCarthy signed with the Denver Broncos in 2010 and played in a total of 12 games for the club over the 2010 and 2011 seasons. He later signed with both the Kansas City Chiefs and Oakland Raiders but a series of knee injuries ended his NFL career last fall, leading him back home to his alma mater in the spring of 2014.