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Fargo Invaders’ Eric Dowling tries a swim move to get past a block during his team’s semi-pro football game against the Granite City Renegades on Saturday at Sid Cichy Stadium in Fargo. Dowling quit playing football while in college due to a number of health issues before returning to the field this season. Nick Wagner / The Forum

Ex-Spuds player making most of his second chance with football

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FARGO, ND- This winter, former Moorhead High School linebacker Eric Dowling was messing with his newly acquired stethoscope while studying with his buddies.

The 24-year-old University of North Dakota medical student learned a tough lesson. He had a damaged heart.

“Some people in medical school run across being able to diagnose yourself with certain diseases,” Dowling said. “I actually found out that I was born with a valve defect in my heart.”

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