Even While Playing, Iowa OL Steve Bigach Plans for Life After Football

By Chelsi McDonald, TV9 Sports

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IOWA CITY - Football. Medical school. Surgeon.

That’s the career path Steve Bigach is pursuing. Bigach, a defensive lineman for the Iowa Hawkeyes, has already graduated from Iowa in May with a degree in integrative physiology. Now, he’s currently taking more courses to help get him into medical school.

He is the only person on the current Hawkeye football team who majored in integrative physiology.

Bigach also chose to play football for Iowa instead of attending Yale University or joining the Air Force.

“It’s Big 10 football. When I was a kid, I always dreamed of playing big time Division 1 football and the Big 10, in my opinion, is the best conference to do that in. I’m a little biased of course. Those other programs had great opportunities for me individually but when I came here on my visit and when Coach Ferentz came to my house, it just felt like home,” Bigach says.

He certainly has made a home in Iowa. He has been named to Capital One/CoSIDA District Six

Academic All-America team, and he’s been a part of the academic all-Big Ten for the second straight year. His teammates have also named him to be one of five seniors on the 2012 Leadership Group.

“Being on the Leadership Group was a big accomplishment for me. I always felt like to be voted for by your peers is a really big thing, and it was definitely a personal accomplishment.

So after this football season, does he want to be remembered for his academics or athletics?

“My mother specifically has always said at some point in time football is going to be over. Whether it’s now or tomorrow, you’re one injury away from the end of your career. I’ve always really focused on academics, as well as athletics.”

Whether he’s tackling the books, or tackling his opponents, Bigach works hard to excel at both.

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