Iowa State Cyclones defensive lineman Mitchell Meyers was diagnosed with Hodgkins’ lymphoma in February, but is on the road to recovery. Speaking to Suzanne Halliburton of the Austin American-Statesman, head coach Paul Rhoads revealed that Meyers will undergo his final round of chemotherapy on Friday.
“I want to take this opportunity to talk about a young man by the name of Mitchell Meyers,” Rhoads said. Mitchell was diagnosed with Hodgkin’s lymphoma this past January. … During that time, this entire summer, he hasn’t missed a workout with our football team and with his teammates, going through six months of chemotherapy.
“From here, Mitchell will come back to his hometown in Houston and undergo radiation before joining us in the month of September. Prayers still extended for Mitchell and his family and everything that he’s going through, and our football team watches in admiration and appreciation each and every single day.”
Despite his illness, Meyers has not missed a single team workout this summer. In two years with the Cyclones, he has 44 tackles, inlcuding 3.5 for a loss. His story is similar to that of former Boston College linebacker Mark Herzlich, who was diagnosed with bone cancer in 2009 only to fully recover and end up playing for the NFL’s New York Giants, for whom he has 136 tackles in four seasons, showing improvement in each of his professional seasons.
Campus Sports wishes Meyers a speedy recovery and will update his condition as more information becomes available.
Iowa State opens the season at home against Northern Iowa on September 5.
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