Football and medicine

I watched Stanford lose the Fiesta Bowl tonight. So disappointing. Good effort though. Two thoughts:

1) I look forward to seeing what Andrew Luck scores on the Wonderlic. He is so damn smart. He’ll have no problem filling Peyton Manning’s shoes.

2) Did you know that a former linebacker from Stanford (and later pro, with the Oakland Raiders) is now a medical student at Northwestern? I heard at my interview day there that their intramural football team is pretty fierce.

His pro football cred also generates much comedic material (a parody of the Terry Tate: Office Linebacker Super Bowl commercials):

Other notable Stanford football graduates in medicine, after the jump/cut:

  • QB Don Bunce ’72 led the Cardinal (then the ‘Indian’) to a Pac-10 (then the Pac-8) championship in 1971 and a last-minute victory in the 1972 Rose Bowl. He played in the Canadian Football League for a year before attending Stanford Medical School, becoming an orthopedic surgeon (oh, typical), and serving as the Cardinal’s team doctor for a decade. He died of a heart attack in 2003 at age 54.
  • DB Joe St. Geme Jr ’52 was All American Honorable Mention and played in the Rose Bowl in 1952. He attended Stanford Medical School, became a pediatrician, a giant in his field. He died of a heart attack in 1986 at age 55.
  • DB Joe St. Geme III ’80 was an Academic All American. He attended Harvard Medical School, became a pediatrician, and is now Chair of Pediatrics at Duke. He has not yet died of a heart attack (though his mid-50s are approaching, yikes). His senior (redshirt junior) year, he applied to HMS, got in, but wanted to defer once he was re-offered his starting position as defensive back. HMS didn’t accept that as a valid reason to defer (LOL). He chose football, working in a well-known immunology lab in his spare time, re-applied the next year, and the rest is history.
  • LB Milt McColl ’81 was a four year letterman at Stanford, an Academic All American, played for the San Francisco 49ers and Oakland Raiders, and appeared in two Super Bowls. What’s most interesting about him is that he played pro football WHILE attending medical school. He would do half a year of school, half a year of football. UCLA wouldn’t let him do this, but Stanford did. He graduated after seven years. He didn’t do residency but has led various start-ups that make medical devices or related things.



2 thoughts on “Football and medicine

  1. what kind of comment is that? “he has not died of a heart attack yet?” how insensitive can you be? are you a complete idiot? don’t you take into consideration that some of the people about whom you are writing have families who may read your god-awful blog post? grow up, you piece of crap

    • That was pretty obviously intended as a joke noting the unusual similarity between the two guys before him, Don Bunce and Joe St. Geme Jr.

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