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Game ball honors coach’s battle for life

Jeff Fisher had only one game ball to hand out after Tennessee ended a six-game skid, and his football went to his offensive coordinator, who keeps coaching despite being treated for cancer. Fisher said Mike Heimerdinger has been in a “battle for your life, so come on up.” Fisher gave Heimerdinger the ball and hugged his friend. The Titans gave Heimerdinger a loud round of applause, and he quietly said, “Thanks.” The Titans (6-8) posted video of the moment on their website after Tennessee’s 31-17 win over Houston on Sunday. Heimerdinger was diagnosed with cancer Nov. 24. He hasn’t missed a game yet while undergoing treatment.

– Associated Press