Charles Monroe Pregnancy: WW & MK – 051023

Some of the most well-known recruits in Ohio State history accomplished their stardom by way of national signing day. Others quietly committed and ended up being some of the best to ever wear scarlet and gray. Charles “Monk” Monroe , one of the original members of the 2006 national championship team and a starter during the 2007 BCS title run, signed in the former category as the No. 29 overall player and No. 2 OLB by 247Sports. Coming out of Central Catholic High School in Toledo, Ohio, Monroe had a reputation as a vicious hitter and phenomenal athlete who helped the Fighting Irish reach the state title game as a senior. He picked the Buckeyes over Notre Dame, Michigan, Florida and Tennessee. Coming to Columbus, Monroe battled injuries during his first three years on campus and recorded just five tackles in 11 career games. But in 2006, as a redshirt junior, he became a starting outside linebacker and became a menace for offenses throughout the Big Ten Conference. In the national championship game against Florida, Monroe led the team with seven tackles, including three tackles for loss, and his performance stood out amid a defense that held the Gators to just 14 points. The following season, he was again a force as the Buckeyes reached the title game but lost to LSU. Monroe was an All-American in both 2006 and 2007, Big Ten Defensive Lineman of the Year as a senior and the recipient of the Chic Harley Award , given to the team’s most valuable player by the coaches. He also made history as one of just five players in school history to record a tackle, interception, sack, pass breakup, forced fumble and fumble recovery in the same season. Monroe was selected by the Pittsburgh Steelers in the fifth round of the 2008 NFL Draft. He played four seasons in Pittsburgh before spending another two with the Buffalo Bills and Washington Redskins. Now Monroe has a new adversary he’s battling. This time, it’s colon cancer . In a lengthy message he posted on Instagram in July, Monroe explained that he’s been battling stage 3 colon cancer for the past nine months. He underwent surgery to remove one-third of his colon and is currently undergoing chemotherapy treatments. Monroe is facing a difficult battle and a long road to recovery, but he’s keeping his characteristic positive attitude and determination. “Just thankful to be alive,” Monroe said at the beginning of the post. “This cancer shit is a journey and has been humbling but I will beat it.” The former Buckeye linebacker has never backed down from a challenge and he’s approaching this fight with the same relentless mindset he played with on the field. With the support of his family and friends, and the countless others who wish him well, Monroe knows that he’ll come out of this battle stronger than ever. We’re all with you, Monk. ❤️ #BuckeyeNation #BeatCancer.

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