Niagara Gazette

Sports

September 27, 2013

Grand Island's Doctor leads way defensively

Niagara Gazette — GRAND ISLAND — If it takes seven years to get a doctorate, Grand Island’s Tommy Doctor has played enough football to earn a title befitting his last name.

Doctor has played football since he was 8 years old, which is pretty average for a high school varsity starter. What sets him apart is how engrained the sport is in his life, thanks to the professional careers of his father, Tom, and uncle, Sean, who both spent time with the Buffalo Bills in the late 1980s.

Tom Doctor Sr. played linebacker for the Bills, while Sean Doctor played tight end in college at Marshall before moving to fullback in Buffalo.

“I come from a family of athletes,” the younger Doctor said. “Sometimes it’s hard to live up to those guys. Just seeing their jerseys and helmets hanging up, it’s always been a dream for me to play football.”

Doctor, listed as 6-foot-4, 235 pounds, has been at the forefront for a GI team that takes pride in controlling the line of scrimmage. After starting at offensive and defensive tackle as a junior, the senior moved to defensive end and tight end in some heavy run packages this season.

He’s also provided filled a leadership void on defense created by the graduation of DE Chris Connors and linebacker Anthony Zogaria, who led the unit last year.

“He put in a lot of work over the offseason,” said GI coach Dean Santorio. “He put on 15-20 pounds, maybe grew an inch. You can definitely tell he looks bigger on the field.”

Doctor said he can thank his father for this year’s improvements.

“He helps me out a lot,” he said. “We watch film together and go over my game. We’re always going to the gym together and training.”

With a solid senior season, Doctor said he hopes he’ll have the opportunity to play collegiately. While he hasn’t been in contact with any schools yet, Santorio said there’s a great chance Doctor will be playing at another level next year.

Text Only | Photo Reprints
Sports
Featured Ads
House Ads
AP Video
Captain of Sunken SKorean Ferry Arrested Raw: Fire Destroys 3 N.J. Beachfront Homes Raw: Pope Presides Over Good Friday Mass Raw: Space X Launches to Space Station Superheroes Descend on Capitol Mall Man Charged in Kansas City Highway Shootings Obama Awards Navy Football Trophy Anti-semitic Leaflets Posted in Eastern Ukraine Raw: Magnitude-7.2 Earthquake Shakes Mexico City Ceremony at MIT Remembers One of Boston's Finest Raw: Students Hurt in Colo. School Bus Crash Raw: Church Tries for Record With Chalk Jesus Raw: Faithful Celebrate Good Friday Worldwide Deadly Avalanche Sweeps Slopes of Mount Everest Police Arrest Suspect in Highway Shootings Drought Concerns May Hurt Lake Tourism Vermont Goat Meat Gives Refugees Taste of Home Calif. Investigators Re-construct Fatal Bus Cras Mayor Rob Ford Launches Re-election Campaign Appellate Court Hears Okla. Gay Marriage Case
Opinion
House Ads
Night & Day
Twitter News
Follow us on twitter
Hyperlocal Search
Premier Guide
Find a business

Walking Fingers
Maps, Menus, Store hours, Coupons, and more...
Premier Guide
Front page