Auburn University commit Brodarious Hamm has dreamed of playing in the NFL since he was seven years old, but nothing has motivated him more than watching one of his favorite NFL players, Eric Berry, battle back from cancer.
“The first thing that went through my mind was it can’t be him,” Hamm told the AJC. “He worked too hard to get to that point.”
Hamm is a 3-star offensive lineman from Spalding High School who was originally committed to Berry’s alma mater, Tenneessee, before flipping to Auburn this summer. Despite Hamm’s change of plans, he still holds Berry in high regards.
Berry, a three time Pro-bowler for the Kansas City Chiefs from the Atlanta area, was diagnosed with Hodgkin’s lymphoma last December. Berry was recently cleared to play this season and will be a candidate for this year’s NFL Comeback Player of the Year Award.
“How his career almost got took from him in a split second, and he still goes hard…that really motivated me to keep grinding,” Hamm said. “He never gave up.”
The 6-foot-5, 320-pound 3-star offensive tackle from Spalding High School received offers from nine schools. Behind Auburn, Hamm listed Tennessee, Florida, Louisville, and Georgia as the next four schools on his list.
“Ever since I had committed to Tennessee, I couldn’t do nothing but think about Auburn,” he said. “I feel like that was the right school for me.”
Here are a few things you should know about Brodarious Hamm.
First offer: “To be honest with you, my first offer was Georgia when I was in the ninth grade. When they gave me the offer I really didn’t know what it was ‘til I went out to one of my teammates and I started talking to him and was like ‘This school just offered me,’ and he was like ‘Do you know what that means… They just offered you a scholarship.’ Then it just hit me from there.”
Thoughts on runner-up schools: “I liked Georgia, but I just lost interest in them. Louisville, I never took a visit down there. And Florida, I never took a visit down there.”
Still considering offers? “I’m done visiting, but I’m not going to say I’m not going to look into other schools. I’m not going to cut any other schools off, but I’m done visiting.”
Other talents: “I like to play basketball. I’ve been playing (at Spalding) since I was in ninth grade… I averaged 15 points per game and 11 rebounds.”