2026’s Ja’Mario Bradford wants to follow in Dalvin Cook’s footsteps at Florida State | Youth1

2026’s Ja’Mario Bradford wants to follow in Dalvin Cook’s footsteps at Florida State

Ja’Mario Bradford is one of the best players from the Orlando, FL area in the Class of 2026.


The 4-foot-9, 73-pound Bradford, who attends Ventura Elementary, is a dynamic player that works on both sides of the ball as a cornerback and halfback.


Bradford, who plays for the Osceola Panthers, has earned plenty of recognition during his outstanding youth career, such as: being a Super Bowl 10u champion, reaching nationals for Gridiron Kings and being on Kissimmee Elite and Inbound Warriors.


Bradford is humbled by the accolades.


“It meant a lot to me because I learned about things I didn’t know. It was awesome because I was able to play with other players and teams from other states.” Bradford said. “It makes me want to keep working hard and grinding to get better.”


No matter the opponent, on each snap Bradford is determined to give it his all.


Bradford is going all out.


The motor is always at full throttle whenever Bradford steps between the lines.


“My mindset on offense when I'm not getting the ball is to make good blocks and run hard when I do. On defense it’s don’t let anyone outside of me.” Williams said. “I want the opponent to not get anything easy when I’m on the field.”


Bradford has great passion and energy whenever he’s on the gridiron. Bradford tells why he enjoys the game of football so much.


“I love being able to show people my talent and playing as a team.” Bradford said. “I love being in the locker room after we win and getting to enjoy it with everyone.”


Bradford has learned many valuable lessons from playing football that he applies to his everyday life.


The main one is applying perspective to all situations.


“Football has taught me so much about life,” Bradford said. “It has taught me how to always dream big and never give up on your dreams. Anything is possible with hard work.”


Bradford recalls his favorite football memory.


“Winning the Super Bowl because we worked hard and playing at nationals because I got a chance to play with the top teams in the nation,” Bradford said.


Mario Bradford has coached his son for five years with the Osceola Panthers.  


Mr. Bradford explains the best parts of his son’s game.


“Ja'Mario is able to cover both the pass and run. That versatility is very beneficial to our team,” Mr. Bradford said. “The opposition has to be aware of his at all times or else they’re going to have their hands full.”


Bradford takes his role as one of the leaders on the team very seriously. Bradford makes sure he’s a daily positive influence on his peers.


“I demonstrate being a good teammate by always staying positive and uplifting my teammates through the good and bad times,” Bradford said. “The best advice I give them is that the most important play is the next.”


Mr. Bradford adds that his son is one of those consummate teammates that every squad needs to be successful.


“Ja'Mario switched positioned halfway through the season with no complaints to help the team,” Mr. Bradford said. “His attitude is contagious and rubs off positively on his peers.”


Bradford is appreciative of having amazing male role models that are supportive.


“I have learned so much from my coaches about how to be a better player and person,” Bradford said. “I have learned to always stay focused and never give up and at corner lead in with your inside shoulder and take on their outside shoulder.”


Mr. Bradford is an advocate of his son’s capabilities.


“Ja'Mario was a pivotal part of our running game in the Super Bowl picking up key first downs between the tackles,” Mr. Bradford said. “We wouldn’t have the success we did without his contributions.”


In addition to making clutch plays, Bradford also has a high level of football IQ as well.


Bradford has excellent football awareness that puts him in position to thrive.


“Ja'Mario understands his role at defensive back and doesn’t give up the edge or let anyone behind him,” Mr. Bradford said. “He has a good amount of football IQ which helps him be effective.”


Bradford is on the grind to perfect and hone his craft in any way possible.


“Ja'Mario works out on the offseason on skilled that help him through the year,” Mr. Bradford said. “He wants to get better every day and it shows in his preparation.”


Mr. Bradford explains why he compares his son to this player.


“He reminds me of Janoris Jenkins because of his ball skills and his approach to the game,” Mr. Bradford said. “He has a similar skill set for a player his age.”


Bradford patterns his mentality after these standouts.


“Dalvin Cook because he is always running hard and Jalen Ramsey because he's a standout player,” Bradford said. “I try to play like them at my positions whenever I’m out there on the field.”


Bradford is constantly striving for greatness in everything that he does.


“My goal off the field is to be an honor roll student.  My goal on the field is to always improve my skills,” Bradford said. “I want to make my family proud of me in everything that I do.”


Bradford has his sights set on becoming a Florida State Seminole.


“I want to go there because Dalvin Cook went there and they stand out in other sports also,” Bradford said. “I would love to play for Willie Taggart and help them win another national title.”


Bradford lists reading as his favorite subject in school.


“I love to read and learn and explore different things and learn new words,” Bradford said. “Reading helps you to understand the world around you.”


Mr. Bradford outlines the areas of improvement that will take his son’s game to the next level.


“Ja'Mario needs to be a more physical player,” Mr. Bradford said. “But I’m certain that will come with time.”


Mr. Bradford believes the sky is the limit as long as his son continues to stay hungry.  


“I think he has the potential to play in college and beyond because of how determined he is at his age,” Mr. Bradford said. “I look forward to witnessing his career unfold and I’m proud of the strides he’s made.”



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