Bryan Bresee more than just an NFL Draft prospect for the Buffalo Bills

Bryan Bresee (Photo by Megan Briggs/Getty Images)
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Is Bryan Bresee the right pick for the Buffalo Bills in the 2023 NFL Draft?

The NFL Draft is the best reality television show around. Millions of fans tune in every year for three days that determine the future of the Buffalo Bills and the other 31 teams. There are trades, surprises, celebrations, and drama as years’ worth of work culminates with teams selecting young men who they will pay millions of dollars to play a game that is so much more than just a game.

In the midst of all this drama, there are stories that need to be told, stories of people who have overcome adversity that most of us could never dream of, and stories of young men who have faced obstacles much bigger than the normal injuries that come with playing a violent game.

This year, one of the most incredible stories of resilience and perseverance is that of Clemson defensive tackle Bryan Bresee. His story is one that is much bigger than football. There are elements of stardom to be sure, and injuries that we would expect from an NFL prospect, but also personal tragedy, loss, and a harrowing illness that threatened his own life.

All of that comes together on three nights in late April – three nights that will determine the future not only for this young man but for a franchise and a fanbase that will get to see the next chapter in his unfinished story.

As a fan, he is the type of player I hope the Buffalo Bills draft not just because of his immense talent and the impact he could have on their defensive line, but because he is the type of player I want to continue watching closely and rooting for.

As a writer, he’s the type of player I hope the Buffalo Bills draft so I have the opportunity to watch and tell the next chapter (which hopefully includes a Buffalo Bills Super Bowl ring). For now, let’s look back at what he has already been through and look forward to those three nights in April.