Most NFL players enjoy living the good life, and pay no heed to developing their plans post football. Instead they focus their time on spending their money, getting arrested, and dog fighting. But not Samkon Gado. Gado has loftier goals than even the average man. He wants to become a doctor.
Gado is so serious about his medical future that he asked Texans coach Gary Kubiak for a few days off so that he could finish the MCAT prep course he was taking. Having taken the MCAT once before two years ago, he decided to enroll in a prep course to raise his score.
"It wasn't an easy class and that's why he let me stay and miss some of the off-season workouts," Gado said. "It was good. It was long and arduous, but I think it prepared me for the test."For those who aren't familiar with the MCAT, or how rigorous it is, take a quick peek: it's 5.4 hours long, and features four sections - Physical Sciences, Verbal Reasoning, Biological Sciences, and a writing sample. This is serious business, as it should be.
No matter what happens with Gado's NFL career, he's got a sound plan for his second career. And with this in mind he should be saluted.
"Medicine has always been priority No. 1," Gado said. "Football has been a very welcome diversion and I'd like to entertain that as long as possible. But for as long as I can remember, the plan has always been med school. Everything I can do right now in the off-season is tailored toward that end."One day, perhaps ten years from now or so you may find yourself being seen by a certain Dr. Gado. And as long as he doesn't sustain too many concussions before that happens, I'll be ok with that.