A former UCF football player has told the Associated Press that he is a football player and would rather spend his days playing soccer, rather than play in the NFL.
Michael G. Loyola, a 6-foot-2, 210-pound former defensive tackle from Huntington Beach, California, has not been able to play football in more than two years because of a brain tumor that was discovered in his right temporal lobe, the AP reported.
Loyola said in an interview with the AP that he became interested in football in high school because of his father, a former NFL player, and because he wanted to be a football coach.
Loya, who also plays basketball, played two seasons of football for the Knights of the Football.
Loya, 33, said he started playing football because he was interested in getting into football, but that it would be better for his mental health to spend more time playing soccer instead.
Loyle, a retired UCF player, played three seasons for the school from 2012 to 2014.
He said he has a “long way to go” before he can play in NFL or MLB.
He added that he had not played a single NFL game.
Loyle said he would love to be able to coach but he is concerned about his mental and physical health.
He said he is willing to give up a few games in hopes of helping others with their mental health issues.