Prep Football: Determination and hard work leads Brady to Wingate University

Mar. 17, 2014 @ 12:43 PM

Dillon Brady will get his chance to play college football at Wingate University. His path to this opportunity was forged from determination.
A senior at East Davidson, Brady realized that he needed to change. Just a few years ago, the right guard for the Golden Eagles tipped the scales at 405 pounds. Now, he weighs in at 260, and was a major contributor in helping East tie a school record this past season with nine wins.
“He has overcome a lot and we are very proud of him,” said EDHS football coach Vance Hanner. “He is another in that long line of great lineman at East. He is definitely one of the better ones and we had a good running last year because of players like him.”
Brady was thrilled to be a part of it all.
“It was great this year,” he said. “Our front three were big and we pushed them out. It was a real good season and we all wanted it. It's hard not to win whenever the whole team puts their heart into it.”
To help lose the weight, Brady participated in wrestling and tried to keep himself active. He spent a lot of time at Hepler Strength and Conditioning in Thomasville, working not only to shed pounds but also to keep his stamina strong. It really paid off for him as a senior. His activity up front opened holes for the East running game and provided plenty of protection for quarterback Austin Wallace.
While Dillon will have an opportunity to suit up for the Bulldogs, it was his academics that first brought him to Wingate. He received an academic scholarship, then later learned he would play football as well.
“They kinda found me,” said Brady. “I started real late looking for a school and they gave me an academic scholarship, so I looked into them for football and I made it. I've been to a couple of their camps during the school year. I practiced for them and they liked what they saw.”
Members of the South Atlantic Conference at the NCAA Division II level, Wingate went 4-6 last season. Brady will likely be redshirted in order for him to increase his strength and conditioning.

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