By: Matt Rothman
It is not too often that an athlete plays two sports in college, but this is the case for North Broward Prep’s Christian Dohler.
Not only will he be playing football at Georgetown University in Washington D.C. next year, he will also compete on the track and field team.
He had an opportunity to attend several Division I schools, however, Dohler felt most comfortable attending Georgetown.
“Ever since I was little, it was my dream to play college and hopefully go pro, said Dohler. “It made it easier knowing that I know I would be happy and make the best of it whatever school I choose.”
Blessed to say I am furthering my athletic and academic career at Georgetown University. Can’t wait for this new chapter in my life!! 💙🤍🐶#gohoyas @GeorgetownHoyas @HoyasTrackXC @HoyasFB @coachsgarlata @NBP_Football @NBPSAthletics @NBCAO @John_Garrish pic.twitter.com/IWk4nHlklO
— Christian Dohler (@chrisdohler) April 29, 2022
Dohler felt an immediate connection after speaking to both the football and track and field coach, and felt there was plenty to do both on and off-campus.
He played football during his senior year of high school as a kicker, punter, and cornerback and finished first in Districts and Regionals in the long jump before placing third in states.
The journey, though, has not been an easy one. Nearly three months ago, Dohler tore his ACL and inner meniscus during a soccer district semi-final. Doctors were able to save 98 percent of the meniscus, and the new ACL was formed with strong, healthy tissue.
Dohler says his recovery has been better than anyone would think. He was in a lot of pain for the first two weeks but is currently walking without crutches and a brace.
“I am able to do leg press and bike, and everyday activities have become a lot easier, Dohler added. “I cannot wait to be able to run and play ball again. But for now, I’m focused on getting stronger than I ever was before the injury.”
Dohler has also received a tremendous amount of support. He credits his father, Artie, for pushing him to be the best version of himself, and his conditioning/track coach, John Garris, for his time, and for coming in as early as 5:00 am for training.
“His commitment to not only me but the school and everyone he works with is unmatched, and I cannot thank him enough for everything he has done,” Dohler said.
Dohler officially graduated from NBP on Friday and also received the FlAAA Mandy Stoll Scholarship. He is set to join a football team that has won at least five games in two of their last three seasons.
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- Matt Rothman is a 2018 graduate from Florida Gulf Coast University receiving his bachelor’s degree in journalism. He is now attending the University of Florida as a graduate student.
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