After sustaining partial MCL tears to his knees, ankle injuries, partial elbow tear and a damaged rotator cuff throughout his four-year FIU football career, quarterback Paul McCall learned several medical terminologies and rehabilitation procedures. You could say McCall became somewhat of a doctor during his FIU playing days.
At the final winter FIU graduation ceremony Tuesday, McCall officially became a doctor after he earned a Ph.D in Electrical Engineering. It was McCall’s third degree from FIU after earning bachelor’s and master’s degrees in electrical engineering.
“[Earning a Ph.D] makes you realize how much of a support system you have around you with my family, my wife, and my research adviser, Professor Malek Adjouadi,” McCall said. “I don’t feel I could have completed this on my own if not for these people. Now you have to go about and prove yourself in the real world.”
McCall begins life in the real world in the second week of January 2014 when he starts his career as an electrical engineer for the Department of Defense in Reston, Virginia. McCall and his wife, Natalie (photo above), bought a house in Virginia. At the Department of Defense, McCall will specialize in technology development.
Prior to earning his doctorate degree, McCall did a nine-month internship at Kirtland Air Force Base in Albuquerque, New Mexico. There McCall worked with a team of physicists, engineers and chemists analyzing space debris in lower Earth orbit using long wave infrared detectors.
McCall is not the first former FIU football player to earn a doctorate degree. Former FIU fullback Aston Wilson, guard Ed Wenger and defensive lineman Josh Alexander all earned Juris doctor degrees.
McCall, who did some color commentary on FIU football broadcasts last season on the FIU Sports Radio Network, is still among the passing leaders in the FIU football record book. To date, McCall has the only 400-yard passing game in FIU football’s 12-year history. McCall threw for exactly 400 yards against Florida Atlantic in Don Shula Bowl VII in 2008. McCall is second all-time among FIU quarterbacks with 5,189 career passing yards and 34 career touchdown passes.