AH Podcast: Iowa football commit Michael Lois determined to play football again

IOWA CITY, Iowa – Michael Lois loves playing football and his passion for the sport has never been more evident than now.

Doctors told Lois that he should quit playing football after he broke three veterbrae in his spine when he dove from a trampoline into a friend's pool last September.

The injury left Lois, a 6-foot-4, 260-pound defensive end, nearly paralyzed, but he has since made a remarkable recovery and is determined to play football for the Iowa Hawkeyes.

Lois underwent multiple surgeries shortly after the injury occurred —including having his broken vertebrae fused to a metal rod. Doctors feared he would never walk again, but Lois continues to defy the odds.

Lois was the second player to commit to Iowa's 2020 recruiting class.

He was also the guest on Monday's Allhawkeyes/KCJJ radio show and podcast. He took time from his vacation in the Colorado mountains to talk about his progress and about his commitment to Iowa.

Lois still hasn't been medically cleared to play football, but he is working towards that goal on a daily basis. He won't play football as a high school senior, but he hopes to be ready for college.

Lois still plans to attend Iowa on scholarship even if he can't play football.

He said Monday that he would like to be a football coach, and would like to coach for Iowa some day.

Lois raved about the Iowa coaching staff and he appreciates how they have treated him since he committed and since the injury occurred. 

He also has built strong relationships with members of Iowa's 2020 recruiting class, which currently has 22 players committed.

We appreciate Michael Lois taking time from his vacation to speak with us. The interview lasted for about 25 minutes and starts at the beginning of the 90-minute podcast.

The fact that Lois is able to hike in the mountains is proof of how far he has come since the injury occurred less than year ago.