Senior Projector Nick Brahms: “Maintaining the Standard”
Former gymnast turned college football star, veteran Auburn offensive lineman Nick brahms started his football career a little later than most.
It wasn’t until Brahms attended a middle school practice with a friend that football became a possibility for him.
Coach Tony Carter approached Brahms and encouraged him to try for his team.
“I was a little hesitant at first,” recalls Brahms, “but he motivated me and he saw the potential in me that I didn’t know I had.”
Brahms had some success on the pitch as a middle school student, but really understood his talent for the game as a freshman in high school. After playing in just one junior varsity game, his coaches decided Brahms was ready for college.
âI knew they weren’t raising me for no reason,â Brahms said. “At that point, I realized that I could take this seriously and try to get a scholarship.”
During his freshman year at Navarre High School near Pensacola, Florida, Brahms received an offer from Auburn University.
âWhen I came here I felt like family,â said Brahms, who was planning to specialize in professional flight management. “It was the right place for me. Flight school here was a big plus, and it doesn’t get any better than SEC football.”
In the classroom, Brahms literally took off as a quadruple SEC Academic Honor Roll and twice a member of the Athletic Director’s Honor Roll.
He graduated in 2020 from the Auburn Aviation Program and is currently working towards his Certified Flight Instructor Certificate as well as his Masters of Business Administration, all steps towards his long-term goal of be an international captain for Delta Air Lines.
One of Brahms’ favorite memories of Auburn will always be his first solo flight as a pilot when he flew to Montgomery in September 2018, saying: “It was a great moment in my college career.”
âI have also flown to Pensacola a few times, where I am from,â he said of completing his cross-country aviation requirements for class and certification, requiring flights over 50 nautical miles. “When I was flying there and to Destin, I could have lunch with my parents, so it was good.”
Of course, he has plenty of football memories to look back on and smile on as well. The one that always comes to my mind is the aftermath of Iron Bowl 2019.
âI remember seeing all the fans on the pitch and then seeing Bo (Nix),â Brahms said. “I just ran over to him and gave him a hug. It was such a good time and I’m happy to have a photo of it.”
Brahms has had to fight through his fair share of injuries and obstacles in his career, but like a true Auburn man he embodies “a spirit that is not afraid” as he always manages to come back stronger with each passing day. time.
It’s no secret that the coronavirus pandemic has been one of those major hurdles and an obstacle to varsity athletics in general. Brahms admits it had a mental impact on him, however, it only added to his fire and determination.
âIt was different having limited fans last season, but having a bigger crowd for A-Day was great. I love when the fans are in the stadium. I can’t wait to see fall and the best college football atmosphere at Jordan-Hare Stadium.
âMy favorite aspect of Auburn football is probably coming out of the tunnel on game day with the crowds packed in the stands, especially during big games,â Brahms said. “It’s a great feeling that we all missed.”
Brahms is hoping to be able to participate in Tiger Walk in its final year, as well as the opportunity to enjoy a crowded Jordan-Hare stadium with the best fans in the country during the football season.
On his way to his final season on the Plains, Brahms has high expectations for himself and his teammates with the help of their new coaching staff. âThey all did a great job with the transition, selling the new offense and building relationships with the players,â Brahms said. “Coach (Will) Friend is one of the best to know Auburn since I’ve been here. He brings energy every day and it’s fun to play for him.”
The 2021 team is aiming for an SEC championship but has no plans to stop there. Brahms feels ready to be a leader and his goal is to set the tone for his team.
âWe have a standard in the team and everyone strives to meet that standard,â he said. âCoach Harsin always talks about how profitable it pays to be a winner so I try to compete and work hard in everything we do. Keep the team standard and try to go to the top. – beyond – that’s my goal. “
After leaving Auburn, Brahms wants his courage and consistency to be something everyone will remember. He wants to lend a hand not only to future Tigers, but also to all young men who want to play college football while continuing their college education.
His message to those who dream of taking it to the next level: âFocus on your studies and work hard in everything you do. Focus on improving yourself and your team. your business, the right opportunities will come to you. “
When it comes to his opportunities, Brahms is eternally grateful for everything he received during his time in Auburn. He is thrilled to become a member of a prestigious group of Auburn alumni in football and aviation and looks forward to returning in the near future if free time in one of these career areas allows.
Brahms would like to thank his parents, Brigitte and Keith, his sister, Olivia, his girlfriend, Autumn, his current and former coaches, and the Auburn family for all they have done to get him to this point. of his life. .
âI love Auburn and I am so grateful to be a part of this family,â he said. “The last four years have been the best four years of my life. Auburn represents the world to me. All the best and I can’t wait until this last season. War Eagle!”
Tucker Cleverdon is a hardworking student in Auburn Athletics Communications