From the Gridiron to the Hospital

May 8, 2007

IOWA CITY — “After four years in shoulder pads and a helmet, Andy Lightfoot traded them for a lab coat and a stethoscope,” writes Brian Morelli in today’s editions of the Iowa City Press-Citizen.

“As a University of Iowa senior, Lightfoot started all 13 games at right tackle on the dominant offensive front that helped the 2002 Hawkeyes steamroll to one of its best seasons ever. But instead of chasing a pro career, Lightfoot chose medical school.

” `For me, I knew going into undergrad that my long-term goal was to become a physician,’ said the 27-year-old, Des Plaines, Ill., native. “I always made that a priority, so the coaching staff knew that was my goal.’ “

Lightfoot is one the more than 4,300 students at the University of Iowa who will receive their degrees during the variety of ceremonies to be staged on campus this weekend. Lightfoot and his wife, Jill, will be graduates of the Carver College of Medicine.

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