Iowa State announced Thursday that defensive lineman Mitchell Meyers, who was one of four Cyclones to start all 12 games last season, has been diagnosed with Hodgkin’s lymphoma and will begin treatment immediately.
"Mitchell’s immediate health is our most important concern right now,” coach Paul Rhoads said in a statement. “I have no doubt that Mitchell will attack this with a positive mindset and strong determination. He also will have 100 percent support from the Iowa State football family and Cyclone Nation.”
Meyers, who is from The Woodlands (TX), will begin treatment Friday according to team physician Dr. Marc Shulman, who said Hodgkin’s lymphoma has a 90 percent curable rate. He began the 2014 season at defensive end for the Cyclones, but was forced to move inside and finished the season with 30 tackles, the third-highest total by an ISU down lineman, while also being named First-Team Academic All-Big 12 for the second time in his career.
Meyers released the following statement through Iowa State:
“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 have the greatest teammates in the world. It’s been humbling to see their care and words of encouragement. I would love to be able to play football at Iowa State again, but right now my focus is on my health.”