Iowa State Cyclone defensive lineman Mitchell Meyers won a tough battle for the starting role during an impressive junior season. Now, Meyers will face an even steeper challenge after being diagnosed with Hodgkin’s lymphoma, head coach Paul Rhodes announced last Thursday.
“Mitchell’s immediate health is our most important concern right now,” Rhoads said in a release. “I have no doubt that Mitchell will attack this with a positive mindset and strong determination.”
For the next four months, Meyers will be forced to undergo a series of treatments that will make or break the remainder of his football career. In 2014-15, Meyers was one of the lone consistencies among a Cyclone season filled with turmoil, recording 30 tackles. Myers, however, understands the severity of the disease and will take the necessary time to focus on his health before attempting to return to football.
“I want to thank everyone for the support and encouragement I have received,” Meyers said. “I am determined to embrace the process and fight this with a positive attitude. I have decided to stay here in Ames for my treatments so I can remain in school and be around my teammates. I would love to be able to play football at Iowa State again, but right now my focus is on my health.”
Hodgkin’s Lymphoma has a 90 percent curable rate, and the likelihood that Meyers is able to survive the disease is very strong. Still, his football career remains imbalance, and any turn for the worse would likely cause a sudden end for the redshirt junior. On behalf of the entire Campus Sports community, we wish Mr. Myers the best of luck as he faces the toughest battle of his young life.
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