Mitchell Meyers

Iowa State University

Vitals: 6-4, 255-pound senior defensive end

Rare Disease Connection: A finalist for the 2016 Rare Disease Champion award, Meyers endured a long and difficult 18-month journey with the rare disease Hodgkin’s lymphoma. An impact player in 2013 and 2014 for the Cyclones, Meyers lost his 2015 season when he was diagnosed in February of that year. He vowed to his teammates he would return for the 2016 season. During his 13 months of chemotherapy, radiation and a stem cell surgery, Meyers wondered whether he would ever play football again. But he never gave up, doing what he could to keep his body in shape just in case he overcame the odds and was cleared to play again. Just prior to preseason camp for the 2016 season, Meyers was cleared to start practicing. But he had been away from the game for 18 months. With nothing promised to him by the Cyclones new head coach, other than an opportunity to compete, Meyers went out and won a starting job at defensive end and served as an inspiration for his Cyclone teammates. He was voted as a team captain this past season and wore the No. 58 for Iowa State. Each year Iowa State hands the No. 58 jersey to a lineman who best embodies the spirit of a beloved former coach who died suddenly in 2014. Meyers not only earned a starting spot, he became a big-time contributor up front defensively for the Cyclones this past season and played all season recording 30 tackles and becoming an Academic All-Big 12 team.

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