“You listen and adjust. That’s what I like – you’re one of the most coachable kids I’ve ever had.” – Current coach
“He will run through a brick wall if you tell him to.” – Former coach
“Consistent, the best center my QB has ever had.” – High school quarterback’s father
“Not just a great student, but a great person. Tell me your tricks to raising my 2-year old to turn out like Brayden.” – Spanish teacher
“I know when Brayden is on the field we don’t have to worry because he knows where everyone is supposed to be and what everyone is supposed to do.” – Former coach
“One of the best [scuba diving] students I’ve had in 20 years – and that includes the adults!” – Scuba diving instructor
Honestly, this personal statement is one of the hardest things I’ve had to write. I care so much about school, the game, my teammates and being successful in everything I do that it is hard to narrow down the things you may care the most about. So, I thought I’d start with what others have said about me that you wouldn’t know.
Here are some other fun facts I’d love for you to know. When I put my mind to something I make it happen. For example:
- I got my PADI Scuba Diving Certification when I was 10 years old and maintain it yearly, most recently diving in Hawaii over Christmas with my family – and we saw a bunch of sharks, which was awesome!
- I am an alumni of People to People International and traveled to Alaska for 10 days with a group of other students and adult mentors (and without my parents) to do community service and learn about other cultures – and I had to raise the money to be able to participate.
- I got a job when I was 14 as a trainer at our kickboxing fitness gym, called 9Round. It’s not only fun to train others in boxing techniques, but it is also a different way for me to stay active, agile and continue to work on my hand and foot speed.
- Just recently I maxed out on bench at 245 pounds as the third strongest on the entire football team – as a sophomore.
All of that is to say that I have a goal to play ball in college, and I’m doing everything I can to make that happen, including focusing every day on academics and improving my athletic abilities. You can count on me to do whatever is needed to achieve this goal, not only for myself but for the team.
In addition, you’ll see from my GPA that I’m a dedicated and good student. What the GPA doesn’t tell you is that I know how to effectively balance priorities – school, honors classes, in-season sports, off-season sports, home commitments, work, vacation, friends and also have learned to (and love to) cook healthy meals for the family after my mom has had two pretty major surgeries in the past three years. When I graduate, I’ll have had five years of Spanish so plan to be bi-lingual, which will not only help me as cultures of the world become more integrated, but will also help me better communicate with teammates, classmates and in my future career, whatever that may be.
I’m proud to be both a formal and informal leader at school and on the field. This year I was elected by my peers to what is called the “Unity Council” – it’s a group of about 12 guys from the football team who meet weekly to talk about leadership and how we want to lead the team into the next year. In our first session, our coaches asked what made a good team. I was the only one who said “heart,” and I truly believe that because I’ve been on championship teams who have won based on heart, and I’ve also been on incredibly talented teams who didn’t have the chemistry, passion and mental toughness to be championship teams. With me, you’ll get more than 100% of my heart and my effort, and I’ll push those around me to do the same. I know what it takes to be a winner.
There are a lot of theories about what makes the best athlete. I believe the best athletes are the well-rounded ones, and I’m proud to say that while I now focus primarily on football and baseball, I’ve spent a lot of years in other sports, as well, including gymnastics, basketball, soccer and waterskiing. These have all helped me understand how to best use my body and my brain to their best abilities in whatever sport I play. In addition, I’ve played many football positions including center, guard, fullback, nose guard, defensive end and line backer. This has helped me understand the game more fully, both from the experience of playing and my ability to really understand the game and the strategy behind it.
At the end of the day, with Brayden Bice you’ll get a mix of intelligence, athleticism, creativity, leadership, hard work and a caring teammate and student. I’m excited to see what the future holds for me and how I can contribute to a collegiate athletic program while also excelling in the classroom.