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Game On Feature: Zach Schreiber's Off the Field Battles

December 24, 2014  Lynchburg, Va.  RSS
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During the 2014 football season, LFSN Game On produced several behind-the-scenes stories about Liberty's football program, including today's feature on linebacker Zach Schreiber.

Like most of Liberty's football players, Schreiber spent his summer months in Lynchburg in a volunteer weight training program to prepare for Liberty's 2014 season.

However, Schreiber's preseason workout training was cut short when the junior was diagnosed with Ulcerative Colitis (UC). UC is a chronic disease of the large intestine in which the lining of the colon becomes inflamed and develops sores, or ulcers. The combination of inflammation and ulceration can cause abdominal discomfort.

Schreiber was diagnosed with one of the more severe cases of UC, causing the native of Hagertown, Md., to put his playing career on hold. Despite his doctors doubting his potential athletic future, the junior returned to the squad midseason and was an active member of Liberty's Big South championship team.

Schreiber's illness taught his fellow teammates to never take anything for granted, both on and off the football gridiron. The biomedical science major, who played in six games during the 2013 season, will be a senior on next year's roster.