SIDELINE OBSERVATIONS: Brad Reese makes us proud

Published: Tuesday, January 22, 2013 at 02:39 PM.

Maybe I’m continually drawn back to Brad’s story because I spent a couple of days shadowing him for a story during his senior year in high school in January of 2006.

Seven years later, I still think about how little kids were drawn to Brad — the proverbial big man on campus — and how he took time to interact with each of them.

I remember the good things Brad’s teachers said about him. And I watched as, although the best player on the team, he made sure towels were out for his teammates before a big game.

Brad has always had a confidence about him, but never a sense of arrogance. He understands that he has special skills, but those skills must continually be refined.

While Brad might be on the other side of the world, a large part of his heart remains here in Okaloosa County. During our recent conversation, he asked about his beloved Hoboes and about Crestview’s Denzel Ware, Blake and Dakota Dean and others.

Brad Reese is one of those rare people who find as much joy out of others’ success as he does his own success. He wants the Baker Gators and Crestview Bulldogs to succeed almost as much as he wants Laurel Hill to do well.

As his agent confirmed to me in an email, Brad loves his hometown area.

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