As a first team all-state linebacker, the Class 2 Defensive Player of the Year, and 2022 Class 2 State Championship winner with Blair Oaks High School football, Brady Kerperin loves pushing himself to be better every day. Being a huge Kansas City Chiefs fan, Brady started playing, himself, enrolling in flag football by the second grade and playing tackle football by fourth grade. Later, when Brady was in the fifth grade, he also joined wrestling. Being just a young boy at the time, he says he thought it would make him strong like his dad, Paul Kerperin.
In addition to being a successful athlete, Brady is also on the honor roll and has been accepted into the Academic All State and the National Honors Society. Aspiring to be a good leader, Brady holds himself to a high standard in hopes of encouraging others around him to do the same.
“Academics became important to me because I’ve always wanted to go to a good college and get a good job like my parents. After high school, I plan to play college football and attend school,” Brady says.
When he’s not practicing on the field or studying at home, he can often be seen working behind Schulte’s deli counter or volunteering his time.
“I wanted to get involved with special Olympics because I have realized that I am blessed to have the athletic potential I do and should help those who are less fortunate.”
Brady also personally volunteers himself to being a mentor for his buddy Boden. Boden is a 5-year-old boy with Down syndrome and Brady’s biggest fan. Whether it’s helping Boden with his t-ball team or getting his friends and football teammates to set up a photo booth at the Special Learning Center, where Boden attends, the pair are like two peas in a pod whenever they’re together. And Boden always has Brady’s back too, cheering him on from the sidelines or checking each photo of them together to make sure they’re both looking fresh.
“I began spending time with Boden because my mom knew him. I spend time with him a lot in the summers. I also pick him up to play and just have fun.”
Although Brady has hardly any free time after balancing academics, athletics, and volunteering, he still makes plenty of time for Boden. Nearing the end of his junior year, Brady’s looking forward to their summer escapades and is excited to see what he can accomplish in his senior year at Blair Oaks High School.
Who inspires you?
David Goggins inspires me. He teaches men to embrace masculinity and service.
What’s your favorite book?
My favorite books are “The adventures of Tom Sawyer and Huckleberry Finn.”
Favorite YouTube Channel?
My favorite YouTube channel is “Ted-Med.”
What activities are you involved in?
I am involved in football, wrestling, NHS, 1776 Club, and St. Francis Xavier Church.
What’s your favorite subject in school and why?
My favorite subject in school is Civics because no other class talks directly about everyday events that effect us.
Who do you like to have lunch with?
I like to have lunch with my friends.
What’s your favorite thing to do in Jefferson City?
My favorite thing to do in JC is to hunt or fish.
What’s your favorite movie/tv show and why?
My favorite TV show is Aerial America because it gives a different view of many great sights across America.
If you could have one superpower, what would it be and why?
If I could have one superpower it would be to fly because I could go anywhere fast.
This or That
Disney or Nickelodeon
DC or Marvel
Fruits or Vegetables
Laptop or Tablet
Pizza or Hamburgers
Michael Jordan or LeBron James
Winter or Summer
In-school or At-home classes
PE or Art
Bike or Scooter
TikTok or Instagram
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