Ryan Veingrad, a cancer survivor, is now a preferred walk-on for the Michigan Wolverines.
It’s been quite the journey for Ryan Veingrad, a high school senior from Spanish River Community High School in Boca Raton, Florida,who just recently signed with Michigan as a preferred walk-on. In 2015, after recovering from a season-ending knee injury, doctors discovered that Veingrad had cancer. Even with the diagnosis, he refused to give up his dream of playing football in the NFL.
Two years later and now cancer-free, Veingrad is about to head to Ann Arbor, Michigan to play football for the Wolverines.
“I’m very excited to prove myself,” Veingrad told MLive. “I just want to go there and try to compete with the best athletes they have there, see what I can do and see how I stack up against full-scholarship Division I athletes. I’ll find my way and I’m ready for the challenge.”
Veinngrad played tight end in high school, but according to his high school coach, Bill Ceasar, he’ll be a good fit at whatever he’s asked to play.
“The journey this kid has been through, I don’t think anything is going to stop him, nothing is going to deter him from winning a scholarship,” Ceasar told MLive. “He’ll get a scholarship before he leaves because he’s that type of kid. He’s going to come to practice early, he’s going to leave late, he’s going to be in the weight room every chance you’re open and he’s going to be in that film room. He wants to learn, he wants to get better. He’s a football player. Some kids like to watch football and they play, this kid wants to play.”
You can read more about Veingrad’s incredible story here.