Athlete of the issue: Brady Walden
Written by: Tommy Niemier
Brady Walden is a senior at New Palestine High School. He plays football and runs track. Here is some insight on what makes him a great student athlete.
“I’ve been playing football all my life. The main reason I started playing football after watching my brother play. I looked up to him in everything he did. I used to run track in middle school, but stopped after 7th grade to focus more on football. But last year, my junior year, coach (Kyle) Ralph told me to consider running and I ended up enjoying it very much.”
His older brother Tyler Walden also was a multi-sport athlete at NPHS, and ranks No. 2 on the school’s career receiving yardage list.
“There is two things that motivate me. The community and the goals that i have set for myself to accomplish during the season. I have set three very high goals and hope to accomplish by the end of the track season this year. As of right now, I am planning on running track and furthering my education at the University of Indianapolis.”
“In track this year I’ll be running the 100 meter dash, the 200 meter dash, the anchor for the 4×100 relay, and the long jump. I plan to help the team become the first conference champions in over 10 years, and help the team win the sectional championship.”
“For my pre game ritual, I do the same warm up, lace up my cleats the same way, and say the same prayer before a meet or football game. This helps me get focused and know that everything that happens, happens for a reason.”
Another transition – look up his stats (or state that Walden was an All-HHC receiver, or a starter on a team that had back-to-back undefeated seasons. He’ll miss Friday nights
“The most I’m going to miss about high school football is the team, coaching staff, and the community. The combination of all three of these made it feel like we were all a family and we acted as that every day.”