D9Sports.com/EYT Media is doing a series of player profiles on returning high-school athletes this summer. The year in school listed by the athlete is the year the athlete is entering this fall.
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BRADY CULLEN – SENIOR – A-C VALLEY
Son of: Brad Cullen and Cynthia Cullen Rapp; Step-father Brad Rapp
Sports Played: Football (and Union/A-C Valley co-op), basketball, baseball
Family Members Playing/Played Sports: Almost all of the male side of his family has played high school sports
2017-18 Highlights: Brady led Union/A-C Valley in tackles per game (9.7) in 2017 while recording a sack, an interception and a fumble caused. He had a career-high 16 tackles in a win over St. Marys. In basketball, he played in 14 games scoring 23 points while helping the Falcons to the District 9 Class 1A playoffs. He scored a season-best seven points in the regular-season finale against Forest Area.
Post-High School Plans: Brady plans to go to college and get a degree in either business or accounting. He has not decided if he wants to continue to play sports in college.
Q&A With Brady Cullen
D9Sports: What is your favorite sport to participate in and why?
BC: My favorite sport to play is football because it has always been the sport I have cared about the most throughout my entire life, and I love the feeling of being under the lights on Fridays playing with my friends.
D9Sports: What is your favorite memory, moment, game from playing high school sports?
BC: My favorite memory in high school sports would either be winning my first varsity football game against Keystone my sophomore year or Jeffrey Ginn kicking the game-winning field goal against St. Mary’s last year.
D9Sports: Why do you play high school sports?
BC: I play high school sports because nothing beats the thrill of competing against other schools with my friends.
D9Sports: Who has had the most influence on your athletic career and why?
BC: I would have to say that besides my family and my coaches, that the two biggest influences on my high school career would be either Jeffrey Ginn or Dana Logue for how much they taught me while I was playing with them.
D9Sports: Do you remember the first sport you played and did you like it right away or did it grow on you?
BC: The first sport I actually played was soccer when I was really young and I always have had a soft spot for the game even if I am not playing it now.
D9Sports: Do you have a favorite number for a uniform? If so, what is the story behind that number?
BC: I don’t really have a favorite number.
D9Sports: What would someone who doesn’t know you be surprised to find out about you?
BC: People would be surprised to find out that I actually really don’t hate old country music, like Johnny Cash.
D9Sports: If you could eat dinner with anyone famous (living or dead) who would it be and why?
BC: If I could have dinner with someone alive or dead, it would be John F. Kennedy because I would want to know what he was thinking during things the crazy times of the early 60s.
D9Sports: Iphone or Android or Neither and why?
BC: Android because I like having access to a lot more things and not having a short battery life.
D9Sports: What is your go-to Social Media and why?
BC: My go-to is Twitter because it is that platform to me that really lets me know what is happening in the world at this moment.
D9Sports: What do you like most about high school and why?
BC: The thing I like the most about high school is seeing my friends every day and cracking jokes.
D9Sports: What do you like least about high school and why?
BC: The thing I like the least is the uninteresting classes and being bored by taking classes that will have no effect on me in the future.
D9Sports: What question do you wish I would have asked you? And what is the answer to it?
BC: I don’t have any other questions.