Brock Bradley is one of the best players from the Birmingham, AL area in the Class of 2026.
The 5-foot-5, 100-pound Bradley, who attends Berry Middle School, is a dynamic player that works as a quarterback and free safety for the Spain Park Jaguars.
Bradley has won the JYSFL championship five years in a row. Bradley is humbled to be a member of such a dominant team.
“It is a great honor to win those championships and to be a captain on those teams, but it’s all about the team. Football is a team sport, and no matter what I do, I will sacrifice everything for my team and brothers,” Bradley said. “My experience playing in all star events and championships is being prepared to fight through adversity. My mindset going into important games is that it’s not going to be easy, and no matter how the game starts, we have to fight every play and get the W.”
No matter the opponent, every game Bradley is determined to give it his all.
Bradley is going all out.
The motor is always at full throttle whenever Bradley steps between the lines.
“My mindset on the field is to be a good leader and a coach on the field. I have to know what every player is supposed to do, and be prepared to make adjustments on the fly if necessary,” Bradley said. “Being a quarterback means you always have to be focused and do your part, because every play doesn’t always end with me, but every play always starts with me. I just need to execute as well as I can to lead the team to success.”
Bradley has great passion and energy whenever he’s on the field. Bradley tells why he enjoys the game of football so much.
“What I love most about playing the game of football is that it is a team sport, and that each year me and my friends/teammates make a commitment to each other to give maximum effort to strive for the championship trophy,” Bradley said.
Bradley recalls his favorite football memory.
“My favorite memory is playing with my teammates in the 2018 JYSFL championship game. During the regular season, we lost only one game, and that was to our main rival, Hoover. It was a tough battle the whole game, until they broke a long run with about a minute left to go, giving them the victory,” Bradley said. “We fought hard the rest of the season until we made it back to the championship where we got a chance at the rematch. We played a great game, and ended up avenging our regular season loss, and won the championship.”
David Bonamy is Bradley’s coach for the Spain Park Jaguars.
Bonamy explains the best parts of Bradley’s game.
“He’s an extremely smart player, understands both sides of the ball, our schemes, and plays with grit and determination,” Bonamy said. “I like that he’s quick and stays in good position to make plays.”
Bradley takes his role as one of the leaders on the team very seriously. Bradley makes sure he’s a daily positive influence on his peers.
“I demonstrate being a good teammate by trying to lead by example. I get to practice early, and stay late if coach needs me to, and I always work hard in drills and try to provide positive energy for my teammates at all times,” Bradley said. “As far as giving advice to my teammates, I always try to tell them to stay calm and to never quit or give up through adversity. I always say ‘No matter what goes down, you are always only one play away from greatness’.”
Bonamy adds that Bradley is one of those consummate teammates that every squad needs to be successful.
“At QB, he gets the play, sets the tempo, and organizes the other 10,” Bonamy said. “At FS, he has great awareness and play recognition.”
Bradley is appreciative of having amazing male role models that are supportive.
“I have two coaches that have taught me a lot about football and life, and how to be a better teammate and role model. Starting with my defensive coach, Coach Plaia, he has taught me how to prepare and break down film for an opponent, so that we are prepared for their tendencies and plays. He has also taught me to always put my brothers before myself, and to never let another team break my will,” Bradley said. “On the offensive side, Coach Bonamy has always given me confidence by believing in me, and by always asking my opinion about what to do in a tough situation. Coach Bonamy is also a great offensive coordinator and always makes sure that we have a solid game plan in place for every opponent that we face.”
Bonamy is an advocate of Bradley’s capabilities.
“He’s made multiple scores with both his feet and with his arm,” Bonamy said. “He has speed and has improved every year. He is a key to our success.”
In addition to making clutch plays, Bradley is developing a high level of football IQ as well.
Bradley is growing into excellent football awareness that puts him in position to thrive.
“He’s always in good position on defense, recognizes plays quickly, and knows how to get our offense adjusted no matter what the call,” Bonamy said.
Bradley is on the grind to perfect and hone his craft in any way possible.
“He does plenty of individual work outside of scheduled team practices and his work ethic is second to no one,” Bonamy said.
Bonamy compares Bradley to Georgia quarterback Jake Fromm. Bradley patterns his mentality after the collegiate standout.
“He is a great athlete, but remains humble off the field,” Bradley said. “He is well liked by his teammates, and knows how to manage the game and give the Dawgs the best chance at winning each week. He can really spin it, too.”
Bradley is constantly striving for greatness in everything that he does.
“My goals are to be a good teammate in sports, and to be a good brother to my siblings, and to do my best in everything that I do in life. If you always give your best effort, than you will usually be successful,” Bradley said. “On the field, I want to keep working on getting bigger, faster, and stronger so that I can keep playing the sports that I love, and to keep competing for championships in high school and beyond.”
Bradley explains his collegiate aspirations.
“UGA or Clemson. My dad went to UGA, and we watch the games every weekend. I have also been to Athens many times to watch the games, and it is incredible. I love the Dawg walk where I can high five the players and get autographs before the game,” Bradley said. “I also like Clemson a lot. Coach Bonamy is good friends with Coach Swinney, and both of those coaches are my kind of people. They are not only great coaches, but great leaders and great men.”
Bradley lists math as his favorite subject in school.
“I like math because it challenges me and gives me problems that I need to figure out,” Bradley said. “My teacher makes it fun, too.”
Bonamy lists the improvements that will take Bradley’s game to the next level.
“Adding additional schemes and formations to our game plans, learning how to stay composed and level in game situations, and technically stretching his football acumen every day, which he is taking on extremely well,” Bonamy said.
Bonamy believes the sky is the limit as long as Bradley continues to stay hungry.
“He can go as far as he wants to go,” Bonamy said. “The mentality and athletic ability is there.”
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