Will Middleton puts off medical school for NFL

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Jacksonville’s surging defense includes a pair of vastly improved young cornerbacks.

Derek Cox is enjoying a nice third season, while Will Middleton has done a good job in the slot. With Rashean Mathis out for the year, Middleton will become a starter.

Tania Ganguli of the Florida Times-Union has a great story Thursday of how Middleton was preparing for the MCATs when NFL teams started to notice him during his fifth year at DI-AA Furman University.  Plans to go to medical school got delayed.

“I had to halt my application process because of this,” Middleton said. “I spoke with a couple of representatives from medical schools; each of them had the same consistent answer. . . . [Playing in the NFL] is a one-in-a-million chance, people are always going to be sick, our institution will always be here. They’d be more than happy to have me back.”

Middleton adjusted his focus and wound up getting drafted by the Falcons in the fifth round in 2009. He got cut there, had a cup of coffee in Tampa (one practice) before finding a home in Jacksonville. Middleton eventually plans to become an oncologist.

“I like the idea of coming into work and literally saving lives,” Middleton said.

For now, preparing to cover Greg Little and Mohamead Massaquoi on Sunday will do.

20 responses to “Will Middleton puts off medical school for NFL

  1. He’s actually getting a head start on his next career by playing in a stadium where many of the seats are covered in body bags. Seriously, though, good for him.

  2. Great…so now I can’t yell out “turn your head around, moron!” anymore.

    “Turn your head around, genius!” Much better…

  3. The med schools told Will, that as far as applicants go, he was a darn good football player.

  4. He played the slot last year and did okay, pretty average, playing the slot this year is Drew Coleman. This year Middleton’s been having spot starts all year though when Cox was hurt early in the season and now Mathis. He’s looked very good this year for some reason and you barely noticed either CB was hurt. Derek Cox has been Jacksonville’s best CB for the past year and a half. He supplanted Mathis mid year last year.

  5. Lots of NFL players with a 4 year degree can say they plan on going to medical school. Do the write up after he takes his MCAT and gets accepted—hopefully after a successful NFL career.

    Only 10% of applicants actually get into medical school, an unfortunate truth.

  6. Meanwhile, I bet most DBs can’t spell “oncologist”. Good for Middleton! I too like the positive stories. They outweigh the negative but unfortunately don’t sell as well.

  7. I actually think NFL players, overall, are smarter than athletes from the NBA & MLB. Given the amount of complicated plays & schemes these guys have to learn, they have to posses a decent amount of intelligence.

    As for common sense…well, that’s an entirely different story.

  8. The kid comes from a great family. Brother is a Naval Academy Grad., one sister played softball at ND, another sister plays in college currently, Dad is an electrical engineer. Sounds like good people with their priorities straight.

  9. OK, was that so difficult—to actually feature a positive story about anything to do with Jacksonville or the Jaguars? Great story…hope he reaches his goal as an oncologist. In the meantime, glad he’s a Jaguar! Thanks PFT!!!!

  10. Gordon:
    I actually think NFL players, overall, are smarter than athletes from the NBA & MLB. Given the amount of complicated plays & schemes these guys have to learn, they have to posses a decent amount of intelligence.

    As for common sense…well, that’s an entirely different story

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    Dude, have you ever heard Chris Johnson speak? Trust me…nothing intelligent about him.

  11. @sdills83…yes I have heard CJ speak. I’ve also heard Patrick Ewing, Tim Hardaway, Derrick Rose from the NBA speak. I’ve also heard Carlos Zambrano, Luke Scott & Roger Clemens from MLB speak.

    Like I said, “overall” NFL guys seem smarter. You can find guys who sound like idiots in all sports (as I just did).

  12. Middleton went to Furman, the second most rigorous college in the NCAA. Med school applications from there are closer to 90% than to 10%.

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