Catholic kid quarterbacking the world

  • January 25, 2010
{mosimage}St. Marcellinus Secondary School quarterback Brandon Bridge is living his dream. The 17-year-old Mississauga athlete was selected and contacted several weeks ago as one of 45 junior players from four continents to play on the World Football Team for the annual “Team USA vs. The World” football game Jan. 30 in Ft. Lauderdale.

Bridge has led his school team, the St. Marcellinus Spirit, to back-to-back senior high school championships. He played for Team Canada in an event in Canton Ohio last July and suspects he was selected for the World Football Team because of that exposure.

When asked what he’s looking forward to most, he said: “Beating USA, because in Canton Ohio we kinda got pummelled.”

He also hopes to meet NFL players and impress a few more people in the industry.

“You never know who’s watching, (like) scouts in the stands,” he said.

Tom Wisnicki, principal at St. Marcellinus, said he expects Bridge to continue to do well in the sport.

“The staff and students at St. Marcellinus are very proud that Brandon will be representing, not only Canada but St. Marcellinus, at this landmark game,” Wisnicki said. Bridge said football is not just a dream job, it’s his life and football has helped him do well in other areas. “I love the game so much my mom and dad say if I don’t keep my grades up then I’m not going to be allowed to play football,” he said. “So it helps me to be more focused on school.”

Parents Suzanne and Colin said they are very proud of their son. The whole family plans to attend the big game in Florida.

“He’s always wanted to play the quarterback position,” his father said. “Coaches always throught he was a better receiver or something else, but when he first started playing for the Warriors, the offensive co-ordinator Manfred Sittmann said, ‘I believe in Brandon and I’m going to prove everybody wrong.’  Brandon is so thankful and so are we.”

The game will be played Jan. 30 at 1 p.m., the day prior to the NFL Pro Bowl in Fort Lauderdale. The World Football Team includes a few other Canadian players as well as athletes from Sweden, Japan, American Samoa, Australia, France, Germany and Mexico.

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