Duluth, MN (NNCNOW.com) --- The University of Minnesota-Duluth (UMD) football team has won 47 games since Jordan Bauman arrived on campus, but those don't nearly compare with the two victories Bauman has logged in his personal life.
"It was just on a routine checkup. I had a little lump on my neck," Bauman said. "I had a thought in the back of my mind that it might be back, but when they finally reconfirmed it, it hit me hard when I realized I was going to have to do it again."
This past fall, Jordan Bauman was diagnosed for a second time with Stage II Hodgkin's Lymphoma, a cancer of the blood and bone marrow.
"He's been an inspiration for all of us," UMD head coach Curt Wiese said. "He's had a smile on his face through both times that he's beaten cancer."
Bauman said after his first diagnosis, in 11th grade, he questioned whether he'd play football again. The second time, he knew he'd be back on the field.
And his belief made others believe, including his older brother and UMD strength coach Matt Bauman.
"I figured if he was positive and figured he'd be back out here running around with the guys," Matt said, "I had to hold the same attitude and keep believing that's what was going to happen."
Jordan's cancer came back last fall, just a week before his junior season with the Bulldogs.
But missing that entire season with UMD didn't stop him from being an exceptional off-the-field leader.
"He does the right thing, whether that's going to school, volunteering, or helping out with people," Matt said of his younger brother. "When I look at a leader, those are all characteristics of one."
"We've used him as inspiration as much as he's used us," Wiese said. "I think the game of football has helped him battle through cancer, and certainly his goal is to get back on the field."
He doesn't just want to be on the field, though. Bauman has set his sights higher - on a starting spot for the Bulldogs.
"I'm looking to be full-go come next fall," Jordan said. "I'm looking to compete out here with the guys and have the same goals as every one of them."
One game he won't play in is this spring's Maroon-White scrimmage, which UMD has dedicated to raising money for Jordan and awareness for Hodgkin's Lymphoma.
It may not surprise you for which part of that day Jordan is most excited.
"Going through it, you realize not everyone will have the support that I've had here," Jordan said. "Things might be a little more difficult, so raising support and awareness for cancer is something I'm really looking forward to doing."
The Maroon-White game is scheduled for 5:30 p.m. on April 26 at Malosky Stadium. Admission will be free, but donations will be accpeted to help benefit the Jordan Bauman Cancer Fund.