by Ralph D. Russo
During his freshman season at Dartmouth, Seth Simmer was having trouble hearing the linebackers call signals from his defensive tackle spot just a few yards away. What was first diagnosed as an ear infection brought on by a severe head cold turned out to be a brain tumor that was making him deaf in his left ear. Simmer had surgery to remove the tumor in the summer of 2017 and didn’t return to school until the winter of 2018...Simmer is one of 30 nominees for the Mayo Clinic Comeback Player of the Year Award. Winners will be chosen in FBS, FCS and non-Division I NCAA football, and revealed on Dec. 18. They will be honored at the Fiesta Bowl on Jan. 1 in Glendale, Arizona.
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Context: Mayo Clinic has announced the launch of the Mayo Clinic Comeback Player of the Year Award — a college football award in partnership with the College Sports Information Directors of America, Associated Press and Fiesta Bowl. The award celebrates college football players who have incredible stories of overcoming illnesses, setbacks and life challenges. The award highlights Mayo Clinic's commitment to helping people make remarkable recoveries and inspiring others to meet challenges in their own lives. You can read more about the award on Mayo Clinic News Network and on the Comeback Player of the Year website.
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