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Off the Turf with Scurf: Bryan Braman

Posted by Nick Scurfield on October 20, 2012 – 11:11 am

Episode 14 of “Off the Turf with Scurf,” my semi-weekly podcast here on HoustonTexans.com, features Texans outside linebacker and special teams ace Bryan Braman.

Braman, who went undrafted out of West Texas A&M in 2011, has missed two games with a hamstring injury this season but ranks sixth in the NFL with seven special teams tackles. In the podcast, he discusses his long hair; the possibility of getting dreadlocks; how he lost his dreads in college and where he keeps them (in a Ziploc bag) now; his mentality on special teams; his infamous helmetless tackle last season against the Tennessee Titans; his teeth, on which he had major surgery done this offseason; how most of his family is “toothless”; his 7-4 grandfather, Ivan Cecil Braman; his upbringing in Spokane, Wash.; his close relationship with his mother, who lives with him in Houston; his high school track and field exploits; working for $10 an hour making concrete railroad ties; his time at Long Beach City College; modeling for Abercrombie & Fitch in Los Angeles; the “culture shock” of being at WTAMU in Canyon, Texas; being kicked off the team his senior year; how realistic he thought his NFL chances were after college; Texans assistant linebackers coach Bobby King, who coached him at WTAMU; working as a bouncer in College Station, Texas, during last year’s lockout; how much he has benefitted from the Texans’ facilities and resources; how getting his teeth fixed has helped him maintain weight; and his hopes for the rest of the season.

Thanks for listening. Link

OTWS archive
Episode 1 (6/2): J.J. Watt, Wade Phillips
Episode 2 (6/9): Duane Brown, Paul Kuharsky
Episode 3 (6/18): Whitney Mercilus, Keith Gilmore
Episode 4 (6/23): Case Keenum, Jerrry Rhome
Episode 5 (6/30): Matt Schaub, Geoff Kaplan
Episode 6 (7/24): James Casey
Episode 7 (8/4): Connor Barwin, Marc Vandermeer
Episode 8 (8/10): Justin Forsett, Chick Harris
Episode 9 (8/17): Bradie James
Episode 10 (9/8): Andre Johnson
Episode 11 (9/15): T.J. Yates
Episode 12 (9/22): Derek Newton
Episode 13 (9/29): Antonio Smith (Video: Smith on start of career)
Episode 14 (10/20): Bryan Braman (Video: Braman on special teams)

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One Response to “Off the Turf with Scurf: Bryan Braman”

  1. By Mae Thomson on Dec 16, 2012 | Reply

    I am so happy to read something about Bryan Braman. That was a fantastic t.d. and am so hpapy for him and for us, the Texans and fans. Keep up the good work.

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