For the second time in less than a week Texas A&M Kingsville mourns the loss of one of their own. It was just a couple of days ago we were mourning the loss of Javelina Freshmen baseball player Travis Madden , now today we mourn the loss of former AMK student and football player Matt Romig, who Saturday morning lost his brave battle with cancer at the young age of 21.
Romig who was born in Bells, TX attended AMK from 2008-2010, he was a three year member of the Javelina football program, and was majoring in electrical engineering. He earned Lone Star Conference Honorable Mention at defensive end following the 2009 season, as he led the team in tackle for losses with 11 and also led the team in sacks with six on the season.
He started the 2010 season with a great performance as the Javelinas knocked off at the time the number one team in the nation Northwest Missouri, a game in which Romig had three and a half sacks on the game, making this his best single game performance of his young college football career.
Romig was to play is final game on Oct. 30, 2010 at Southwestern Oklahoma; it was after that game where Matt was found to have Blastic Plasmactoid Dendritic Cell Neoplasm, a very rare form of leukemia.
He battled this condition for over a year as he had his ups and downs with the disease, but actually planning on returning to the University in fall of 2011, before the cancer reemerged.
Matt was survived by his parents Bob and Sue Romig, and his one brother Nathan.