GREEN BAY, Wis. — Former Newberry Wolf and Green Bay Packers tight end Brandon Bostick made his first Lambeau Leap a few years ago after scoring a touchdown against the Philadelphia Eagles and this year he’s looking to bounce back from injury to leap forward into the Packers starting line up.
With former All-Pro Jermichael Finley not returning, a spot is up for grabs and some media outlets have mentioned Bostick’s name as the top prospect to lock up that job.
A foot injury shortened Bostick’s 2013 season and caused him to have surgery. During the months that followed, his weight increased, so part of Bostick’s off season involved getting back into shape.
“Just getting healthy was number one for me. Getting back in shape, getting my weight down, getting my quickness and speed back. So it’s just been a total commitment to re-creating myself,” he said. “I’m ready to compete this fall.”
Bostick starred at Newberry College as a wide out and took those hands to the NFL but when he tried out for teams, the Packers and Jets liked him at tight end.
At 6-foot-3, he gives All-Pro quarterback Aaron Rodgers a big target near the goal line and in jump ball situations.
He had a learning curve with blocking schemes since he primarily played WR in college (such as a career day against Tusculum with over 300 yards and three touchdowns) but the Florence native has worked on his craft and played his way from a practice squad free agent signee into a solid contributor in the team’s two tight end sets and also three-year contract.
As the first Newberry Wolf to do the Lambeau Leap, Bostick realizes his career might help open doors for other talent wearing the Scarlet and the Gray.
“It was a blessing, a dream come true, a mark in history. You dream of playing in the NFL and scoring TDs as a kid. For me that was huge for me,” he said.
He said current Wolves Head Coach Todd Knight told him to just stay focused on the task at hand.
“Coach Knight just said to work hard, don’t try to do too much, just be yourself and everything will take care of itself,” he said.
Now fully healthy, Bostick said his foot feels the best it has since the surgery.
He’s been working this summer on total body strength and technique via repetitions. This summer his workouts focused around getting his legs stronger and hitting the blocking sled.
“I also think just repetition over and over also helps, actually doing it. If you do something over and over you have no choice but to get better at it by creating muscle memory,” he said.
He stays in Green Bay in the off season and said he has good chemistry with Rodgers.
“Aaron is a great guy and teammate. The best QB in the NFL. He’s a great leader, extreme competitor. He also has a sense of humor which is always comical,” he said.
Bostick expects to have a good season this year and sees the team as poised to improve on its finish a year ago.
“I think our team in general will be good,” Bostick said. “We have great group of young guys and experienced vets and leaders. and I’m excited to be back with the guys just being able to do what I love again and competing against other teams.”
He credits his support system and family for helping him persevere through injury and rehabilitation.
“I just want to give thanks to my support system, James and Clareatha Bostick, my brothers Justin and Cam and Mattie Williams credit,” he said. “They are the reason for who I am today and for my success. They don’t get enough credit. I just want to thank them for all the support and love. And also just thank the rest of my family, friends, and supporters. It’s been a great journey for me. It will only get better!”
He is preparing as if he will be a starter but said he will help by doing whatever he can in whatever role to help the team win.
In years’ past he made an impact on special teams and gradually has become acclimated to nuances of the tight end position thanks to a lot of work with his position coaches and teammates.
With that work ethic in mind, Bostick advises young people to, “chase your Dream, your passion, and what you love, whatever that may be. Find your ‘why’- why you do the things you do and why you work hard. I don’t think anything is unrealistic if you believe you can do it. Believe in yourself. Stay on top of you academics, talk to the man above, and just work hard. You won’t have any regrets!”
He certainly has few regrets as his NFL dream comes true, one catch and one play at a time.