From athlete to nurse, Phil Miller finds true calling in life

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GOTHENBURG, Neb. (KNOP-TV) It was on the football fields of Maxwell, Nebraska, where Phil Miller found one of his first passions in life, football.

Philip Miller helps a patient celebrate her last chemo treatment at Gothenburg Health. Miller works as a charge nurse at the hospital. (Credit: Gothenburg Memorial Hospital)

It was a passion he wounded up becoming very talented and skilled at, particularly at the quarterback position. He was able to take his talents to the next level by walking on at Black Hills State University in South Dakota, where he played for two years. While playing football, however, Phil began to find a different calling in his life.

"I wanted to look into athletic training, which was my first step in the medical industry", said Miller.

Despite hanging up his cleats after his sophomore season, Miller stayed with the football team as a trainer. He became a full time time athletic student trainer, attending all practices and even traveling with the team to games. His role increased towards the end of his time as a student at Black Hills State, sometimes even working with the basketball and volleyball teams at the university.

Phil earned his Associates Degree in a two year nursing at Mid-Plains Community College, his credits transferred from Black Hills State where he earned a degree in Wellness Management.

Aub Boucher, a former head coach for the Maxwell football team and now the Assistant Principle at Wood River School in eastern Nebraska, said Phil has earned everything he has in his life.

"He was a quiet, religious, humble young man. Surrounded by supportive family, he is a top notch individual."