Scholar Athlete: Central tight end, Bryce Wade

A few years ago, Bryce Wade made the decision to transfer schools.

"I wanted to be a part of a football team, public school, 7A, the highest you could get," he said. "I wanted to win state."
 
The former Glenwood Gator has been a Central Red Devil since his sophomore year and is happy with his decision.  But he’s made one other decision that’s paid off. The former defensive lineman is now a tight end.
 
"Making the switch, it was all different," he said. "I had to learn to block, I had to learn to run routes, I had to learn to do everything."
 
It’s been going well though as Wade and his team continue to vie for a AHSAA 7A state championship. Being a Red Devil is tough but the ride has been enjoyable as his love of football continues to grow.
 
"It takes a lot of character, it takes a lot of hard work and teamwork and that’s what I’m all about," said Wade.
 
But Wade isn’t just winning on the field. He has a 4.0 GPA and is on track to graduate with seven AP classes. He’s also involved in the National Honor Society and the Beta Club.  He’s not quite sure what the future has in store for him, but guarantees he’ll work hard to ensure success.
 
"The classroom’s the most important part," Wade said. "You’re a student athlete, not an athlete with just a little bit of academics involved. If football ever fails, you can always lean back on school to get you going in life and that’s the biggest thing."
 
Wade hopes to one day study construction.

If you’re an area coach who would like to nominate an athlete for our weekly segment, you can e-mail Jenna Callari at jcallari@wltz.com.
 

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