Feature photo courtesy of Danny Sandoval
This past fall, Brady Breeze was trying to focus on improving his game while becoming closer with his teammates at Central Catholic High School in Portland, Oregon. Now, Breeze is looking forward to what he can accomplish at the next level this fall at the University of Oregon.
Breeze, a safety from Lake Oswego, Oregon, has wanted to be a Duck since he was young. He even sets his alarm as the Oregon fight song, better known as “Mighty Oregon.”
“I grew up wearing a bunch of Oregon gear,” Breeze said. “Oregon pajamas, all that kind of stuff.”
However, his family may not have given him much of a choice. His mom and aunt both attended Oregon and his uncle even played football there.
“It’s kind of been in my blood to go to Oregon,” Breeze said. “That’s one of the many reasons why I loved it.”
Breeze also became fond of the school because of the coaching staff.
“They treated me like I was one of their kids,” Breeze said. “They just made it feel like it was a family.”
Breeze couldn’t turn down the opportunity to play in front of both his family and the great Oregon fan base.
“All these things added together and made Oregon the perfect place for me,” he said.
Although Breeze has known where he wants to play football for quite some time, he never knew if it was realistic. He recalls looking at Division II programs before receiving that one special offer.
“Once I got that scholarship from Oregon, I was the happiest guy on the earth,” Breeze said.
Even though Breeze humbled himself when talking about his chances of playing Division I football, his scholarship should not be much of a surprise.
As a running back and wide receiver, Breeze scored 33 touchdowns his freshman year. But when he moved up to Varsity, he transitioned into a safety. One game as safety, Breeze had five total interceptions, including a 99-yard interception return for a touchdown.
Breeze’s favorite thing about the position is the opportunity to hit receivers. He loves coming up and hitting a receiver hard after they catch a slant.
“My favorite thing about safety is make a huge hit and getting the crowd super hyped up and getting my teammates all excited,” Breeze said.
Coaches tell Breeze that his physical style of play and his ability to play the ball in the air are among his best characteristics. Breeze said his tackling and ability to take control of the game are additional strengths. The one thing that he is currently focusing on improving is his speed.
When asked about what motivates him, Breeze talked about his goals for the future.
“The thing that motivates me is that I don’t really want to be average,” Breeze said. “When I go to Oregon, I don’t just want to be a backup.”
Breeze wants to make a difference in hopes of bringing Oregon their first National Championship. He also wants to win Pac-12 Defensive Player of the Year and work to become one of the best safeties ever.
Breeze concedes that his goals might sound crazy, but it’s something he will work toward.
“If you don’t have goals, then you’re always going to come out short of something,” Breeze said.
When Brady Breeze wakes up to “Mighty Oregon” the morning of his first collegiate game, he’ll be ready to make a name for himself.
“I love gameday,” Breeze said. “I love the feeling of waking up knowing you have a battle ahead of you.”
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