College students get taste of NFL work

September 11, 2013 Updated Sep 11, 2013 at 9:11 AM EDT

By Dan Miner, Reporter- Business First

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College students get taste of NFL work

September 11, 2013 Updated Sep 11, 2013 at 9:11 AM EDT

Most people don't get to penetrate the rarefied world of professional athletics, but that doesn't apply to Ryan Bohn and Jamal Cort.

The two Daemen College students, studying for their master's degrees in athletic training, spent parts of their respective summer with teams from the National Football League as interns.

Bohn, 23, was selected to spend parts of summer with the Buffalo Bills, including rookie minicamps, organized team activities and practices after training camp ended. Bohn did not attend training camp at St. John Fisher College in Rochester.

Bohn said it was shocking at first to be in proximity to high-profile athletes, but the rigors of the job demanded he acclimate quickly.

"I got to learn about a lot of different treatment options, and I saw a few injuries I hadn't seen before," he said. "It's definitely a fast pace in the NFL. Surgeries are scheduled the next day after an injury happens."

Bohn said he'll continue to work for the Bills during the season, driving to the Orchard Park stadium after his morning classes. He'll graduate in the spring and hopes to start his career in a high school or college setting.

Cort, 22, will also be graduating in the spring and hopes to hook on with a college athletic program. He'd eventually like to get a full-time job in a professional sport.

Cort received a competitive felllowship from the National Athletic Trainers' Association and was chosen by the Minnesota Vikings. From July 20 to Aug. 30, he attended the Vikings' training camp at Minnesota State University in Mankato.

"It was a little bit nerve-wracking at first to see these big-name guys like Adrian Peterson and Jared Allen," he said. "After awhile you realize they're just regular people like everybody else."

Cort and Bohn briefly met up during the Bills-Vikings preseason game at Ralph Wilson Stadium.

Like Bohn, Cort was involved in various forms of rehabilitation, from exercises to ultrasounds. He said his coursework prepared him well for the real-world crash course in big-time athletics.

"After that, I feel like I'll be able to work with any sport on any level," Cort said.

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