Donavan Montague, a fourth-year student at the University of Virginia’s College at Wise and an outside linebacker for the Cavs, has plans to pursue a career in the medical field.
Montague started playing organized football at age 5. He said that he chose to play football and go to school at UVa-Wise because it was the only school that gave him a chance to play.
Montague’s favorite part of playing football for UVa-Wise has been “making lifelong friends that I otherwise would not have.”
Montague has high hopes of becoming a physician’s assistant. A native of Alta Vista, Virginia, Montague wants to “help those who can’t help themselves.”
Montague undoubtedly wants to be in the medical field, but has not yet decided on a specialty. “It could go from pediatrics to geriatrics,” he said. He originally thought he wanted to work with kids in pediatrics, but changed his mind after doing clinicals in a nursing home.
During this summer, Montague became a Certified Nurse Aide, which sparked his interest in working with the geriatric population.
“I want to help people while maintaining their dignity,” he said.
And when not on the field or the classroom, Montague also serves as the college’s Student Conduct Board Chief Justice.
Montague also attended a medical mission trip to Belize during the spring of 2018; which he described as “one of the best experiences of my life.”
Montague said that as a 21-year-old man who has only ever been involved in school and sports, choosing a future career was difficult, but he knows that his love for science and his sociability will make him a great physician’s assistant.
Although Montague wanted to be a doctor at first, he later chose to study to be a physician’s assistant, in order to be able to spend more one-on-one time with patients.
Additionally, he stated that his CNA training and the mission trip to Belize have prepared him for a career in medicine.
Playing collegiate level football and pursuing a career in medicine is no easy task.
“When I’m not playing football in the spring I have too much time on my hands, so I procrastinate. But when I am playing football there is structure. Football actually helps me to stay on a schedule and gives me a routine.” Montague said.