Brady Taylor's Ohio State Career Challenged Him On and Off the Field, But Prepared Him for Life After Football

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OH-IO's picture

You are forever a great Buckeye, Brady. You'll go places in life. 

OH-IO living BACK IN COLUMBUS after 32 years in the ATL. 

jmmysms's picture

This is the majority of college players and it included me.

You get hurt, don't start, new coaches whatever and eventually your career is over. Football, college and just life in general can be stressful for any who aren't equipped to deal with it. 

Real Life Wednesdays and a strong alumni network will prepare most for a career far from the playing field and that is a good thing.


OH-IO's picture

"who aren't equipped"??

It's called BRAIN chemistry. 

OH-IO living BACK IN COLUMBUS after 32 years in the ATL. 

BruhWhat's picture

This is a fantastic article. Thank you for this. Great read.

Anything you want you should have

RunEddieRun1983's picture

I feel for Taylor, his mindset, however, is going to be what helps him have a life with no regrets.

To overcome all of those obstacles, to be the guy for a period of time only to have another obstacle placed in front of you, that would crush anyone's spirit.

But it obviously made him a better person, and you have to admire that he knows where his time is best spent. Respect. 

Urban Meyer left an incredible legacy. 12/4/18 Ryan Day begins his.

MN Buckeye's picture

I am very glad that Brady has learned to manage his anxiety, which is common not only in my family but in so very many families that it we all need to be aware of the issue. Congratulations, Brady, for growing and learning through this.

With your work ethic, I am sure that you will succeed in whatever you choose to do.

dsc's picture

Godspeed Brady Taylor. It sounds like you have an admirable work ethic and mindset. You'll be a great influence on those kids at Bishop Ready. Best wishes for you throughout the years ahead. Prayers always. 


southalabamabuckeye's picture

Wow, great story! Thank you, Dan for the article. Brady has a mind set that will help him navigate life successfully. Best wishes, young man.

GrandTheftHarley's picture

If there's ever a quintessential example of the quality of people who come to play for THE Ohio State University Buckeyes, Brady Taylor is that person.

Stirring tribute to an outstanding human being who has overcome so much. As the old T-shirt slogan reminds me: "Football is Life. The Rest is just Details."

Thanks, Dan. Outstanding reporting.

The People. The Tradition. The Excellence. THE Ohio State University.

Go Bucks.

I am not very smart, but I recognize that I'm not very smart. --- W.W. Hayes

Hovenaut's picture

I was disappointed that Brady Taylor didn't get what I felt was a fair shot at cracking the starting lineup, but appreciate the details here that shed additional light.

Knew he was dealing with the knee last season, but didn't realize his lifelong struggles with anxiety...and yet he still battles through.

Gridiron glory on Columbus may have eluded him, but I have a feeling he will find success and happiness in life.

Good for you, Brady Taylor.

Ole Buckeye's picture

Great read, and a welcome break from counting how many 4 stars and 5 stars are going where....

Best of Luck Mr. Taylor! 

Dr. Kenneth Noisewater's picture

I was going to post almost this same thing - great article (thanks Dan Hope - some great writing here) and it sure beats the "who will start at the 2 open LB spots" articles that pepper the off season landscape.

crusher's picture

Amazing article!!! I would love it if Eleven Warriors did more stories like this. I really enjoy reading about what our beloved Buckeyes are doing after they are done with football. By the way did anyone else kind of get a little choked up thinking about Brady crying in his locker after his last game? We’ve all been there. Realizing you just played the game that you absolutely love for the last time is an extremely hard pill to swallow. Very happy to see that Brady is already having success off the field. 

Don't listen to Freddy P. Soft

buckz4evr's picture

Great article about a great young man. May you be blessed in all your endeavors.

wyatt's picture

About 2% of NCAA players make it to the NFL. This is typical of college football. 

BuckeyeRy4's picture

Very nice article, 11W. High quality. Thanks for the insight into the struggles of a player many of us heard and knew about, but always wondered why we never saw it come to be. Best of luck, Brady!

MOBUCKK91's picture

WOW ... what a truly great article ... this is the kind of stuff that gets lost in regular media, unfortunately.   We hear about the upfront issues like who's starting, routine injury reports, etc.  But to get the nuts-and-bolts of a second-string person, what prevented him from becoming a starter, the demons he has fought .... lover this article and what he's doing today.  This is an article that is easily quotable on so many different levels.  Hope Brady continues on where ever his trajectory takes him!!

You don't know what you have until it's gone .... for example, toilet paper.

typeOHpositive's picture

A fantastic read. Good luck to Brady and every other athlete that has had a similar trajectory. Giving 5 yrs to one of the most elite football programs in the country and coming out the other side ready for life is a helluva thing, whether you saw playing time or not you are 100% a Buckeye.

"I don't want to be around average, why be around average!" -UFM

LealmanBuckeye's picture

This highlights something that I think goes largely unnoticed or at least isn't talked about nearly enough. Men's health is impacted by upbringing, and most of us were told "boys don't cry" or had abuse (physical or emotional) that we were just expected to deal with and move on because we're boys and are supposed to be tough. This is, I think, why so many men don't go to the doctor often enough (and I'm just as guilty): we're conditioned to "tough our way through" things like this. Good on Brady Taylor for listening to his body and dealing with his issues to the best of his abilities, and most of all, for acknowledging his anxiety. The first step is admitting the problem.

I aim to misbehave.

iowabuckeyes's picture

I had the pleasure of meeting his parents prior to the 2017 Iowa game. Super nice people and Buckeyes through and through. They were so proud of their son and rightfully so; meeting them was a big reason I was hoping he’d start last year. Good luck, Brady!

"The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing." - Edmund Burke

Buckabroad's picture

Success takes many forms. Brady will be successful, just in a different way than originally thought.

"The minute we stop expecting greatness, we become Wisconsin."

kmp10's picture

That was one of the best pieces I've read on Eleven Warriors. I don't know why it's been so difficult through the years for me to wrap my tiny brain around this fact, but it bears repeating that one never knows what someone else might be dealing with in their life, so be nice. 

When I die, sprinkle my ashes over the 70's 

andretolstoy's picture

Great article. Brady seems to have some gifts, nonetheless. Keep moving forward young man. 

If you die before you die, then you won't die when you die. 

AZ Buckeye13's picture

"who lives in the Grandview area of Columbus with his longtime girlfriend Sarah, who he has been dating since his Sophomore year of high school." 

This young lady has been by your side through thick and thin for ~8 years. Marry her Brady...she is a keeper! 

allinosu's picture

I was and am a Brady Taylor fan after reading about his commitment to OSU and telling his mother when he was a kid at an OSU game that one day he will run out of the tunnel at OSU. He flashed signs of an adequate center in between injuries. It's a hard pill to swallow that it's not going to work out but it sounds like he will flourish anyway. I'm sure this is not the end of hearing good things from him.

buckeyeinWI's picture

great read.  thanks for posting this 11W!

Go Brady Taylor!


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TURD_BUCKET's picture

Brady Taylor is defining his own success.  Well done.

“Being average means you are as close to the bottom as you are to the top.” John Wooden

kbab's picture

It would be wise to have Mr. Brady as the guest speaker at a future Real Life Wednesday.

JJBuckeye's picture

Dear Brady, I am a Law Enforcement Officer and I have dealt with anxiety all 52 years of my life. We try to hide behind our badges or football gear and be tough guys. I finally went today to an appointment to get the help I needed for my anxiety, which I should have done years ago. Thanks for sharing your story. You already helped one person by doing so. Go Bucks

CowCat's picture

What a positive story. Good that Brady addressed his inner and outer issues. Hopefully their business will take off. I personally want a Schlegel Crowd Control Machine.

"We get paid to score touchdowns, not kick field goals"
-- Urban Meyer

bilbar2540's picture

This young man is ALREADY a success !


Drgee's picture

I rarely post here, but wanted to make a special effort to express my appreciation for the unique perspective this article provided. Unfortunately for many guys, their career won't work out the way everyone hopes and it was really nice to learn more about one of them.  Reading about Brady's work ethic, challenges, and quest to find new ways of leveraging skills was inspiring.  Thank you.