J.D. Maarleveld began his football career at the University of Notre Dame. Shortly after his sophomore season, J.D. was diagnosed with Hodgkin’s lymphoma.
After beating the disease, Maarleveld no longer had a spot on the team with the Fighting Irish, and then transferred to Maryland. Maarleveld thrived at Maryland, and would become a consensus All-American. He would also go on to win the Brian Piccolo Award in the ACC for overcoming adversity.