For the second time in school history, an Iowa State athlete has been named the Big 12 male sportsperson of the year. Former ISU running back David Montgomery is this year's winner.

The award recognizes student-athletes who display an extraordinary degree of sportsmanship and community service within the conference. Montgomery was a two time All American for ISU, rushing for over 1,000 yards the past two seasons. He also led the nation in missed tackles last season.

But it was his work off the field that led to him winning the award. His relationship with Hunter Erb, a 6-year-old boy who suffers from pulmonary vein stenosis, captured national attention and the hearts of many this past season. Erb was invited by Montgomery to practices and he visited the boy several times a week in the hospital.

Iowa State head coach Matt Campbell praised Montgomery on and off the field saying that his actions "truly changed the culture" of Iowa State football.

Montgomery left ISU after his junior season and was drafted by the Chicago Bears. He becomes the second Cyclone to win the award joining wrestling great Cael Sanderson.

 

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