MEDIA | ESPN: From the fields of play to the front lines of COVID-19

We knew them as football players, volleyball players, track stars; now, they are pulmonary specialists. ER nurses, hospital psychologists, researchers working on a potential vaccine. They hate the term "hero." It carries such a weight. They look at this as their job, their career and the result of the foundation of courage they began building as athletes years ago. No one planned to be on the front lines fighting a deadly virus. Yet here they are.

These are the stories of a handful of people who once played and now serve.

Dr. Ryan Padgett
Occupation: Emergency medicine, EvergreenHealth, Kirkland, Washington
College career: Football, Northwestern (1992-95)

“I'm looking forward to getting back into the fight. It's going to be a long, hard struggle, but there's only one thing to do, and that's to put my nose down and keep working hard. Eventually, we will defeat this together.”

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