From LVC to the NFL

Eddie Myers IV (right) smiles on football field with fellow athletic trainers

Eddie Myers IV ’22, M’23 came to LVC as a student-athlete looking for opportunities to develop academically, professionally, and personally. Those opportunities have led the athletic training graduate to exciting experiences in professional football.

Myers was a member of track and field for five years at LVC, finishing 2nd in long-jump at the MAC Championships. His love for sports took on new meaning when Dr. Eva Frank encouraged him to enroll in the Master of Athletic Training program.

Myers says the support and passion of faculty were instrumental in his success.

“They all inspired me to achieve greatness and to even go beyond that,” he said. “The drive and ambition to strive to greater heights are unmatched, and they instilled that in me.”

Eddie Myers talks with player and fellow athletic trainer on football field

Myers’ clinical experience took him down to Texas to work and learn alongside members of the XFL. The XFL is a professional American football minor league organization, consisting of eight teams. This opportunity allowed him to apply the rigorous curriculum in the field.

“My XFL experience will forever be unmatched. The staff, front office, and players that I worked with are phenomenal,” said Myers.

“It was a lot of busy days, and as an athletic trainer, it never stops. I worked with a lot of greats in the athletic training world, and there was certainly a lot to learn. Working with professional athletes is always very cool as well. Now I feel like I am ready for just about anything after the XFL.”

This summer, Myers will work as an intern with the NFL’s Jacksonville Jaguars athletic training staff. He hopes it will be the start of a long and prosperous career in the NFL.

Thanks to LVC, he feels well-equipped for the field.

“When you start to see things and work by yourself you seriously gain so much appreciation for those long and stressful days of studying before a practical or written exam,” said Myers. “At the end of it all, I feel very prepared and ambitious to take on a lot that will be coming next.”

Myers encourages younger students to not be afraid of failure.

“Failure is growth. Instead of taping an ankle one time with a couple wrinkles, tape an ankle 20 times with a couple of wrinkles, because if you have that ambition, attitude, and discipline you can get to wherever it is you want to go…and with repetitions that ankle tape is going to look pristine!”

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