We got a chance the other weekend to catch up with Brandon Deaderick. A little background on Defensive End, Brandon Augustus Deaderick …

Brandon Deaderick played college ball for Alabama for four years where he played well. One interesting note, he was shot in the forearm when someone attempted to rob him a week before an Alabama bowl game–he played in the bowl game. The Crimson Tide went on to win the BCS national championship in Deaderick’s senior season.

“The victim and an acquaintance were exiting a vehicle,” said Capt. Greg Kosloff, spokesperson for the Tuscaloosa Police Department, reading from the incident report. “A black male, approximately 5–foot-9 and 140 pounds, in dark clothing, demanded money. The victim refused. A scuffle ensued. The victim was shot in the arm. The suspect fled.”

He was drafted by the New England Patriots in the seventh round in 2010. During his time with the Patriots, he had a sack of Eli Manning in SuperBowl XLVII on February 5, 2012. He played with the Patriots for three years before being placed on the PUP list and was eventually waived in the Spring of 2013. The next day, the Jacksonville Jaguars acquired him off of waivers. During his time with the Jags, he recovered a Russell Wilson fumble. The Jaguars placed him on injured reserve when he dislocated his elbow. Subsequently, he was signed by the New Orleans Saints and is currently an unrestricted free agent. Positionally, he rotates in as a nose tackle with John Jenkins.

Get To Know Brandon Deaderick

Deaderick sees himself as a winner certainly in high school and for Alabama. He is very proud of his Alabama team and the legacy of the program. He was excited to be drafted by the Patriots where he got to play with Vince Wilfork and Tom Brady. His first goal as Patriot was to be starting by game three because he knew his level of competition and his ability. (The dude is not shy.) As a rookie, he found a lot of similarities between the Alabama defense and the Patriot defense. He told Alabama Coach Saban, he felt like he had a good chance to make the team as a starter, and Coach Saban said don’t just concern yourself with making the Patriots team but all 31 teams because all teams are watching your play all the time.  He says as a player you always have to hustle and shine. As for his starting rookie goal–by the third game, he was starting for the Patriots. Deaderick feels the most important thing for a player is how the guys on the unit and in the locker room feel about you—can they trust you? There is a brotherhood among the players. To him, it is a stronger bond than the coach-to-player bond. He envisions the players as warriors together. He said it was exciting to play in the SuperBowl and in the AFC Championship games and believes the Saints have the talent to make a run.

On a personal note, Brandon Deaderick is a gracious man. He sent some treats our way at dinner. We told him “Brandon Augustus Deaderick, you are Mr. BAD. He got the joke, laughed uproariously and said he was gonna steal dat line.” After such an encounter, you cannot help but pull for such a wonderful young man.