MGoBlue story: Former Wolverine Mealer Recalls Archrival's Compassion

MGoBlue story: Former Wolverine Mealer Recalls Archrival's Compassion

Submitted by oriental andrew on September 1st, 2015 at 10:52 AM

http://www.mgoblue.com/sports/m-footbl/spec-rel/090115aab.html

Great story I came across on MGoBlue today about how Jim Tressel sent a hand-written note to Mealer's aunt following Brock's Walk to touch the banner.

Elliott Mealer, a Michigan offensive lineman who graduated in 2012, said there is something special -- a human connection he cherishes -- that he's never spoken about before. It deals with a card his family received after his brother, Brock, learned to walk again after being paralyzed from the waist down and touched the "M Club" banner to rousing applause at Michigan Stadium on Sept. 4, 2010.

The card came from Ohio State coach Jim Tressel, who had recruited him to play for the Buckeyes during his standout career at Wauseon (Ohio) High. It was sent to Sandy Mealer Barber, the aunt of Brock and Elliott, who lives in Wauseon, and it read:

 

"Sandra,
No doubt, the greatest cheer a Buckeye ever received at the Big House!
You must be so proud of those Mealer Boys!
God bless! Go Bucks! Go Blue!
Jim Tressel
P.S. Thanks for the awesome photo!"

Elliott Mealer's tweet: non-athletes are "muggles"

Elliott Mealer's tweet: non-athletes are "muggles"

Submitted by dnak438 on October 31st, 2014 at 1:31 PM

Well, this is awfully bad:

The muggles that attend the University of Michigan should pick who the next AD is. Found out earlier this year that they're experts in it.

— Elliott Mealer (@el_mealer) October 31, 2014

Let's hope the new AD can move things forward in a way that doesn't perpetuate these divisions within the University.

Brock Mealer's next step? Walking down the aisle

Brock Mealer's next step? Walking down the aisle

Submitted by CaptainBlue on August 21st, 2012 at 5:38 AM

Brian had the video on Brock Mealer walking unassisted yesterday, but here's a story about why he's trying to walk by himself. Brock is getting married in December and Mike Barwis is making him walk the aisle alone.

Excerpt? Excerpt.

Every step is one closer to his goal of walking the full 70-yard field at BarwisMethods. Barwis has been in front of Brock every step of the way.

Last week, he looked Brock in the eye as he readied to walk nearly 30 yards.

“I already walked down the aisle once, I’m not doing it twice,” Barwis said.

“What the hell does that mean,” Brock said, laughing.

“It means I’m not standing in front of you anymore,” Barwis said. “The last thing you need is my ugly face going down the aisle with you.”

“What do I do if I fall?”

“You put your hand out like everyone else does. I don’t know what to tell you, boss. You’re at that point. It’s time to walk.”

Barwis stepped back. Brock took a moment then took his first step, cautious and calculated. Sixty steps later, he was at the wall.

“It was exhilarating,” Barwis said. “Every time something happens I feel like someone’s kicking dirt in my eye. You know I don’t cry; I’m too tough for that.”

Say what you will about the Rich Rodriguez coaching staff, but the Brock Mealer story is one of the most inspiring ones I've heard. Who knows where Brock would be without Barwis, but he most certainly wouldn't be walking.

Player Leadership and Offseason Workouts

Player Leadership and Offseason Workouts

Submitted by MGoShoe on June 16th, 2011 at 4:33 PM

This Ryan Autullo article in the Toledo Blade rovides insight into the tone set by the new coaching staff for offseason workouts and the role for player accountability.

"If you're not doing what you're supposed to do, you can get called out by anybody, freshman through senior," said offensive tackle Taylor Lewan. "If you're doing the right thing, you're able to call somebody out. I think that's the way things should be done."

The consensus among the players is summer workouts are being conducted differently under new coach Brady Hoke, with an emphasis placed on accountability and ownership.

"It's definitely different from what we're used to, and I think that's good," said Elliott Mealer, a Wauseon graduate. "Not that the old way was necessarily bad, but we've really been stressing on accountability to each other, and competitiveness. I think that's what coach Hoke wants out of us -- to make us hate losing."

"The craziest thing about this is a lot more people are being accountable," Lewan said. "New coaches set a whole different tone for everybody else, so people are really starting to work hard. These coaches are giving us an opportunity to be our own leaders. They're not just saying, 'Oh, we're the coaches, this is how it's going to happen, this is how we're doing it.' They're doing it, in their words, the Michigan way."

Encouraging stuff, I'd say.

Also encouraging: Lewan says his elbow is fully healed.

Michigan Football Players Participate in the David Mealer Memorial Golf Classic

Michigan Football Players Participate in the David Mealer Memorial Golf Classic

Submitted by MGoShoe on June 14th, 2011 at 11:58 AM

This Ryan Autullo article in the Toledo Blade tells the story of the second annual David Mealer Memorial Golf Classic held this weekend. Thirty-two Wolverine football players participated in the event which honors the late David Mealer, father of Brock and Elliott. Proceeds support two organizations that have assisted Brock, in his effort to walk again -- Project Walk and Fulton County Health Center in Wauseon, OH.

Brothers Brock Mealer, left, and Blake Mealer get ready for the David Mealer Memorial Golf Classic at Brandywine. Brothers Brock Mealer, left, and Blake Mealer get ready for the David Mealer Memorial Golf Classic at Brandywine. THE BLADE/AMY E. VOIGT

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Taylor Lewan was one of 32 Wolverines helping at the 2nd annual event. Taylor Lewan was one of 32 Wolverines helping at the 2nd annual event. THE BLADE/AMY E. VOIGT