David, a native of Gainesville, Fla., was diagnosed with Crohn’s disease just weeks before beginning fall training camp for the Florida football team. Despite losing nearly 15 pounds and having to receive IV treatments, David didn’t miss a practice during fall camp. He was determined to push through his diagnosis and chase his football dream.

Crohn’s disease is a rare chronic inflammatory bowel disease that affects the lining of the digestive tract. Crohn’s disease can sometimes cause life-threatening complications.Crohn’s disease can cause abdominal pain, diarrhea, weight loss, anemia, and fatigue. Some people may be symptom free most of their lives, while others can have severe chronic symptoms that never go away.

David battled through his diagnosis and earned the starting punting job for the Florida Gators and was awarded a scholarship. He also received the Dick Schapp Sportsman of the Year Award.