On a great day for Michigan football, this is one of the best stories of all: Michigan has added 6’3”, 230-pound defensive end Ryan Veingrad out of Boca Raton, Florida as a preferred walk-on - just two years after Ryan was diagnosed with Hodgkin’s lymphoma.
Blessed to say I've signed to The University of Michigan! Go Blue〽️ pic.twitter.com/TpwWX321J1— ryan veingrad (@RVeingrad) February 1, 2017
Veingrad was diagnosed two years ago after he discovered lumps on his neck. He underwent two rounds of chemotherapy and lost 35 pounds in the process, but somehow made it back onto the field during the 2015 season, less than one year after being diagnosed - inspiring his high school teammates with his ability to battle cancer.
“It showed me not to take things for granted, and to appreciate everything I have,” he said to WPTV.
Now that Ryan is fully recovered, he can focus on moving forward as a U-M student and getting better as a player. He visited Michigan’s campus last week and came away impressed with the opportunity to play football here.
"It was awesome," Veingrad told Wolverine247 of his visit. "Ann Arbor is a great place. The facilities I saw were all top of the line and the coaches made me feel at home."
And we’re certainly happy to have him here.