Baltimore Ravens rookie tight end Mark Andrews wants young fans to know that he isn’t defined by his Type 1 diabetes.
Andrews, who was selected by the Ravens in the third round (86th overall) of the 2018 NFL Draft, was diagnosed as a diabetic when he was 9 years old.
“It’s definitely a part of who you are, but it shouldn’t be 100 percent who you are,” the 22-year-old Andrews said, via ESPN.com. “That’s something I live by and I think strongly of. … A lot of people think that they can’t be athletic and it’s too hard to do it. For me, it’s just being the inspiration and showing kids that there is someone else who’s done it.”
Andrews dealt with a scary moment during his freshman year at Oklahoma when he was found unresponsive due to hypoglycemia and needed medical attention.
The 6-foot-5, 256-pound Andrews was able to overcome that episode and routinely monitors his glucose levels. Furthermore, he wears an insulin pump when he isn’t on the field and said that he hasn’t dealt with any issues during his games.
Andrews has collected 112 passes for 1,765 receiving yards to go along with 22 touchdowns over his three seasons with the Sooners.
NFLDraftScout.com senior analyst Rob Rang listed Andrews 64th overall in his final Big Board in the spring.