Former Lakeside football standout Brian Bratton recently joined the Furman Football Broadcast Team.
The move seemed like a terrific idea. He finished up a brilliant career as one of the Paladins' top all-time players last season, and he majored in broadcasting, so it appeared to be a perfect fit. That is, until Bratton got a call this week from the Baltimore Ravens.
The Ravens had Bratton, a 5-foot-11, 185-pound wide receiver, in for a workout a couple of weeks ago, but because of an injury on defense they did not sign him right away.
This week, the Ravens offered Bratton a contract and a spot on their practice squad. This was an opportunity he could not turn down. He immediately made arrangements to get to Baltimore and join the team.
Bratton spent pre-season camp with the Atlanta Falcons, but was released before the start of the season. He is still a step away from playing in the NFL, but with the Ravens' needs at wide receiver, if Bratton performs well he could be suiting up for the Ravens in the near future.
As far as his broadcast career, that will have to take a backseat. However, according to Furman announcer Robbie Ross, Bratton has potential behind the microphone.
"He did a great job for us. He added some great insight from a guy who played in the Southern Conference just one year ago," Ross said.
Broadcasting will have to wait if things go as planned.
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