N4A Announces Student-Athletes of the Month for December 2017|
Dec. 13, 2017
CLEVELAND - As student-athlete development professionals who work with many students from all walks of life on a day-to-day basis, often times we encounter extraordinary stories of individuals overcoming extreme adversities. Although the odds may be stacked against them, these individuals have a drive deep inside them to succeed in the face of overwhelming challenges. It is working with these outstanding young people that makes the job of a student-athlete development professional so rewarding.
Some would say Meyers’ athletic and academic career at Iowa State University portrayed an ideal situation as a young college athlete. He saw the field in every contest as a redshirt freshman and started every game the following year. Not only did Meyers excel on the football field, he succeeded in the classroom with a 3.5 gpa. With all of his triumphs on the gridiron and in the classroom, it all seemed too good to be true when Meyers was diagnosed with Hodgkin’s Lymphoma. Enduring 6 months of chemotherapy only to realize the cancer had not fully disappeared, Meyers was faced with the thought of this disease potentially taking his life. The next phase of chemotherapy forced him to relocate to Houston and was more intense and difficult for his body to tolerate. However, after 13 grueling months of fighting this battle, Meyers emerged cancer free. Throughout his journey, Meyers stayed positive and eventually returned to football and school to complete his degree.
Montgomery grew up in Fort Lauderdale, Florida with his grandparents. One of eight children he justifiably felt abandoned by his mother, who fought for custody of some of his siblings, but not him. To fill that void, his grandfather stepped in and became the foundation of Montgomery’s upbringing. Tragically, his grandfather passed away from cancer during his sophomore year of high school. Despite his tumultuous upbringing, Montgomery persevered to earn a football scholarship at the University of Kentucky. However, once at Kentucky, his once promising football career would be derailed by three separate ACL injuries, which ultimately led to him retiring from football and shifting his focus to school and community involvement. Though Montgomery faced immense adversity and multiple personal and physical setbacks, he overcame it all with his commitment to leadership, strength, service, and heart.