When Drake Lilam isn't protecting his quarterback's blindside on the University of Mary Football team, he's working with his other team, Sanford Orthopedics & Sports Medicine in Bismarck.
The lineman is in the midst of wrapping up his football career while kickstarting his professional career as a registered nurse.
Samantha Richter, director of orthopedics and neurology at Sanford Health said, "Drake has just been an absolute joy to our patients and our team. He always comes with a positive attitude. He's extremely flexible and adaptable."
While Drake's size, toughness and physicality is a necessity for the Marauders, it comes in handy around the orthopedics unit as well: "We deal with a lot of hips, knees, joint replacements, broken bones, so when you have someone my size helping you get up for the first time after surgery, it adds a level of comfort to the patient."
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