‘To suit up with my brothers’: Herd wideout Brady will play in bowl game
HUNTINGTON — At a time when football players opt to sit out of bowl games to preserve themselves for the NFL Draft, Marshall University wide receiver Tyre Brady is taking a different path.
On Saturday, Brady not only affirmed that he is playing in the 2018 Gasparilla Bowl on Dec. 20, but he also reaffirmed the importance of competing in the bowl game for his future prospects as well.
“I owe so much to Marshall University for investing in me and my future,” Brady said. “Because of Marshall, I will leave Huntington with a degree and be the first person in my family to be a college graduate. I couldn’t imagine missing out on the bowl game with my coaches and teammates who have fought hard with me day after day. I’m a better person and player because of all of them.
“The bowl game is one more chance to suit up with my brothers and compete. It is one more opportunity to play for the greatest fans in the country, and I believe the best way to prepare for the NFL is to show scouts what I can do. I can’t wait to return to Florida and go for another bowl win.”
This season, Brady has 66 receptions for 914 yards and nine touchdowns.
Bowl games have proven to be good to Brady in a Marshall uniform.
Last season, Brady used Marshall’s 31-28 win over Colorado State in the New Mexico Bowl as a platform to show NFL scouts what he was made of. Brady was questionable to take part in the contest because of an injury that kept him out in the weeks leading up to the game, and a flu-like illness during bowl week further put his status in jeopardy.
However, Brady overcame the injury and illness to catch six passes for 165 yards, including the game’s opening touchdown, which led him to offensive MVP honors in the contest.
“You see a lot of kids that aren’t playing in bowl games and I think he got a lot of questions from a lot of different people and he wanted to clear it up that he was playing,” Marshall head coach Doc Holliday said. “He’s a great kid that really appreciates what Marshall University has done for him.”
Following the bowl game, Brady will have one more collegiate contest where he will represent himself, as well as Marshall University. That contest will come in the Reese’s Senior Bowl, which takes place Jan. 26 in Mobile, Alabama.