August 3, 2006

'Blessed' Moses keeps the faith

The wrist tape said it all. On the left: "Thank U Jesus." On the right: "I'm Back."

That was the message that Milan Moses was giving to himself, to his teammates, to his coaches and to anyone who happened to see him practicing on the first day of fall drills for Iowa State.

The wide receiver knows that good health and getting to play football are blessings. And his return could be a blessing for the Cyclones this fall.

The junior from Waterloo (Iowa) hadn't been on the practice field with his ISU teammates since last fall and, even then, things weren't right with him. Moses played sparingly in 2005, appearing in a total of eight games and catching four passes.

The reason: Crohn's Disease, a chronic digestive disorder that he'll have to deal with the rest of his life. But after missing spring practice and undergoing surgery in May, Moses said he considers himself rid of the disease.

"I'm claiming I don't have Crohn's any more," Moses said. "I'm not even thinking about that disease. As far as I am concerned, that disease is no longer in my body."

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