Put an obstacle in front of Sandwich senior Peter Brady III and he’ll hurdle it. Move him half around country in the middle of his high school tenure and he’ll assimilate. Perform a surgery on him and he’ll come back stronger thanks, in part, to a yeoman’s work ethic.
As a senior co-captain for the Blue Knights football program, Brady embodies what second-year head coach Matt MacLean wants out of a student-athlete who plays for him. And he landed in MacLean’s lap by way of Kansas in the summer of 2018. From a Coast Guard family, Brady has moved four times in life, but no matter if it was Kansas or Cape Cod, football was familiar to him. The same could be said for wrestling—as he’s competed in the sport for five years, the same length of time he’s played football.
Brady is blessed with size, making him a perfect fit to play on the offensive and defensive lines for Sandwich. In his two short years in a Blue Knights uniform, he’s impressed. He took home second team All-Atlantic Coast League honors last year in football while earning a spot on the All-ACL first team in wrestling. Additionally, Brady placed second in the Division 3 South Sectional wrestling tournament and qualified for the all-state tournament last winter.
He achieved all of that despite having surgeries in three of his four high school years.
“I had knee surgery my freshman year and surgery to repair a torn labrum my sophomore year. Most notably, I have been playing through torn ligaments in my ankle for the entire season, which will need surgery after the season is over,” he said.
Whether in Kansas on Sandwich, Brady has been on the high honor roll every year and joined the National Honor Society this year. He joined Mu Alpha Theta, the math honor society, as a junior and was awarded Saint Michael’s Book Award last spring for his academic success and community service involvement.
What do you love about football? What drew you to the sport and what made you stick with it?
It’s a sport that I have grown up watching, so naturally I enjoyed playing it when I finally got the opportunity to. My dad watched football when I was younger, so I would watch it with him. This was how I developed my interest that I currently have. I had never gotten the opportunity to play until 8th grade, so I just tried to make the most of every opportunity. Another reason I’ve stuck with football is due to the coaches. They have offered invaluable advice and guidance for me, which has had a profound effect on my life.
What is your favorite pregame warmup music?
I normally listen to country, but my three favorite pregame songs are “Legend,” “Thunderstruck” and “Unstoppable.”
If you could you be one fictional character, who would you be?
I would want to be Dwight Schrute from “The Office.” He was a great salesman who spent a lot of time supporting his boss, but when he finally got his opportunity to be the boss, he became the best manager the branch has ever seen.
Who is on your Mount Rushmore of role models?
My mom, dad, coach Parker and coach MacLean would be on my Mount Rushmore of role models. They have given me invaluable guidance and support throughout high school.
Do you have any plans after graduation?
I would like to attend college at either UPenn or Bentley, where I hope to double major in actuarial science and statistics. I would like to play football in college, if possible. After college, I hope to become an actuary.
What is your favorite school subject?
My favorite subject in school is any math class. Math concepts have always been very natural to me, and I simply love solving problems using these skills.
What is your greatest high school moment?
My greatest high school moment was representing Sandwich at the Division 3 State Wrestling tournament and having my team there to support me.
Which three people would you invite to a dinner party? What would you serve?
I would invite Patrice Bergeron, Tom Brady, and Brad Marchand. I would serve steaks along with some baked potatoes.
Which professional athlete do you most relate to?
I would say that I identify with Rob Gronkowski. He has had a few setbacks due to injuries in his career, but he was still able to play through them and perform at a high level.
You’re stranded on a deserted island with only a backpack of your most prized possessions. What’s in your backpack?
I would bring along my phone, my laptop, the complete series of “The Office,” a water bottle and a knife.
Is there anyone you’d like to thank?
I want to thank my entire family: my mom, dad, brother, grandparents, aunts, uncles and cousins. They always come to my games to support me and have had my back since day one. I also want to thank my friends who have been helping me create memories throughout all of high school. A huge thanks to my coach from Kansas, Damon Parker, who pushed me to try football and wrestling, and working with me while I was new to the sports. Another huge thanks to my football coaches, Matt MacLean and Peter Bengston, who have worked with me extensively to make me a better athlete and competitor on the field.