Most people are fortunate if they find a career they love. Nigerian-born Samkon Gado, MD, has had the good fortune to have found two careers to love—professional football and medicine. Dr. Gado played for several different teams as a running back in the NFL, including the Kansas City Chiefs, Green Bay Packers, Houston Texans, Miami Dolphins, and St. Louis Rams. He’s currently in his fourth year of residency in the St. Louis University Hospital Otolaryngology Program.
Explore this issue:January 2019
ENTtoday: You moved from Nigeria to Columbia, S.C., when you were young, and played quite a few sports, including football, track, soccer, and basketball. What made you choose football?
Dr. Gado: I’m not sure whether I chose football, or football chose me. Although I love a lot of different sports, my body was really best suited for football. I’m fast, but not fast enough for track, too big for soccer, and not tall enough for basketball. I enjoyed football, and with what God gave me in terms of height and speed, I felt that it was the sport in which I could continue to excel.