A first-year medical student at the University of Alabama who received a scholarship to play for the New England Patriots on Tuesday is one of five current NFL players who have signed with an NFL franchise.
“My first thought was that the best thing for me to do would be to sign with the team and see what it takes to get to where I want to be,” said Dr. John C. McNeil, who is an associate professor of surgery and an assistant professor of medicine at the College of Medicine at the university.
“I want to play with the guys that I know.
But my dream is to play in the NFL.
McNeil’s father, Dr. Bruce McNeil Sr., is a cardiologist at the UAB Health System and is an assistant medical director for the Alabama Medical Society. “
That’s the main thing.”
McNeil’s father, Dr. Bruce McNeil Sr., is a cardiologist at the UAB Health System and is an assistant medical director for the Alabama Medical Society.
The family also owns the Birmingham Braves, a team in the American League.
In addition to the NFL, Drs.
McNeill and John D. MacNeil are on the board of directors for the NFL Players Association, which has been working with the NCAA to develop a plan for a first-class medical education for college athletes.
McNeil is one among about 1,400 players who are currently enrolled in a medical school.
The vast majority of them are in the United States, but the majority are overseas.
McNeill’s decision to enroll with the Crimson Tide is based on a commitment to the team.
“It’s a lot more than just playing football,” he said.
“It’s about being part of a team, being part with my family and having the support of the team, the coaching staff and the athletic department.
I’m here because I’m looking to be part of the Crimson Nation.”
In 2015, Dr MacNeil became the first surgeon in U.S. history to have his heart and lungs transplanted at the age of 50.
The procedure was performed at Birmingham General Hospital, the state’s largest and most comprehensive trauma center, with the help of Dr. Anthony A. Lippert, a transplant surgeon who was one of the first to receive the prestigious Hankamer Award, the nation’s highest honor for his pioneering work in heart transplantation.
The NFL’s health department, which oversees medical training, was aware of McNeil’s commitment and offered to provide him a medical education to help him prepare for the league.
McNichols father, Bruce, has been an avid supporter of the NFL’s medical education program, saying it was the only way for his son to fully embrace the game and become a professional athlete.
“He’s a great kid, a great man, he loves the game, he’s always had the heart of a warrior,” Bruce McNeill Sr. said.
“But we’re going to have to do it ourselves, so that’s where I’m coming from, with that commitment.”
The first-round draft pick out of Birmingham in 2013, McNeil said his commitment to football has paid off in a big way.
“The NFL is a fantastic organization, but they’re not perfect, they have their shortcomings,” McNeil explained.
“They have a lot of medical issues, and they have a history of making some mistakes, but I think this is something that they’ve improved over the years and they’re doing a good job.”
McNicholas parents, who are former Alabama athletes, said the team is a good fit for their son.
“My dad is a big supporter of them, he has a huge support network here,” John McNeil Jr. said of the Alabama team.