Bob Parisien talks with instructor Dr. Marc Jacquet in the halls of Maine Medical Center.
PORTLAND, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- Former Fitzpatrick Trophy winner Bob Parisien is back in Maine pursuing another lofty goal, becoming a doctor.
Parisien, who won the honor as Maine's top football player in 1998, was the quarterback for Biddeford Tigers.
"It's bittersweet to have won the Fitzy and to have never won the state championship," said Parisien. "To be honest, I didn't want to play anywhere else. I wanted to play where it was the focus, where people loved the sport and supported the team, and when you didn't play well, you heard it too."
Parisien was also a dedicated student, graduating near the top of his class and going on to study pre-med and play football at Brown University.
He enrolled in the inaugural class of the Maine Track program, which is a joint project involving Maine Medical Center and Tuft's University Medical School. Students in the program study in Boston for the first two years, then spend the next two years doing clinical work at the hospital.
The goal of the program is to increase the number of Maine students going to school to study medicine and have them finish their degrees in state to bolster the dwindling ranks of physicians practicing here.
Bob Parisien says medicine is similar to football in that everyone pulls together to help patients get better.
"It is a lot like football in that sense. We all have the same goal, we are all coming at it from different angles, but we all need to be coming at it from different angles," he said.