THE NEXT LEVEL With Brad Bingham
June 15, 2009
- Brad Bingham
- 6’3″ 250 lbs
- Linfield (Junior)
- Defensive Tackle
- Varsity Letterman
- Columbia River (Class of 2006)
- 3 Year Varsity Letterman
- 2x 1st Team All-GSHL
- Columbia River Team Captain
- Columbia River Most Valuable Defensive Player.
What was your most memorable moment playing high school football?
Brad – My most memorable moment was during a punt return and Bryan Baird was returning the ball and cut back across the field and Eddie Vickers (still the largest man I have played with) blindsides this kid and was the biggest hit I have seen in high school football.
Who influenced you the most as a High School football player?
He encouraged me to do things the right way and told me I had the talent to take it to the next level.
Brad – The person that influenced me the most as a high school player would be Jeremy Goodman. He wasn’t the most talented football player but always gave 100% he was the star of the basketball team and was a few years older than I. He was in my weigh training class and always pushed me to do my best. He encouraged me to do things the right way and told me I had the talent to take it to the next level. He believed in me and helped me believe in myself.
Do you prefer Madden or NCAA? Why?
Brad – I don’t play much of either but if I do play I would pick madden.
Did you have any game day/game time rituals in high school? If so, what were they?
Brad – I had a few game day rituals during high school and continue one still today. During high school before every game my dad would make me chicken or steak fettuccine for a pre-game meal. I would also say The Lords Prayer on the 50 yard line before every game with teammate Casey Richart. It started our freshman year and I continued the ritual at Montana-Western. Now at Linfield the entire teams kneels and says The Lords Prayer before the kickoff.
Who is your favorite musical artist?
Brad – My favorite musical artist would be Lil Wayne. I think that the lyrics that he comes up with are insane. I feel that he is the best rapper alive.
How many different positions did you play from youth football through the end of your HS career? If you could have chosen another position other than line, what would have it been?
Brad – In youth football I was always one of the bigger kids so I played O-guard and D-end. I continued these positions until the 8th grade when I switched to Middle Linebacker. Once I got to high school I switched back to D-end. My senior year I switched from Guard to Tight End. When I got to the University of Montana-Western they asked me to play middle linebacker. I played that for two years before moving back to End. Now at Linfield I am playing Defensive Tackle. If I could play any position I think I would be middle linebacker. I really enjoyed the contact and the glory of a linebacker.
Explain your recruiting process. How many schools did you visit? Did anything interesting happen during this process?
I work hard to get good grades at Montana and applied to Linfield and decided to transfer.
Brad – The recruiting process was very eye-opening to me. I received a few different letters from schools in the Northwest. Because of my grades, it held me back from playing at some of the schools. Originally I was looking to attend Idaho State, Linfield and Western Washington. Finally my D-line coach Willie Thompson knew the line backer coach at Montana-Western and we sent them a tape and that’s how I ended up there. I work hard to get good grades at Montana-Western and applied to Linfield and decided to transfer.
What was your most embarrassing moment playing high school football?
Brad – I don’t really have any embarrassing moments that I can recall.
What was your most memorable moment (so far) playing college football?
Brad – My most memorable moment was my best performance in a game. It was a muddy game against Eastern Oregon University. I had 16 tackles and a sack.
Who influenced you the most as a college football player?
Brad – My father influenced me the most as a college football player. He has made all but maybe three of my football games. He has always been my biggest fan and supporter.
What would you tell young kids entering high school is the most important thing (besides school) they need to do to become an elite level player?
There is much more to being a good player than making good plays or scoring touchdowns.
Brad – The most important thing besides getting good grades would be to be a team player. There is much more to being a good player than making good plays or scoring touchdowns. It’s what you do off the field as well as on the field. You must be coachable, there is no room in college for individuals.
Xbox, PS3, or Wii? What is your favorite game?
Brad – I have never really been into video games if you can imagine that. My step brothers were always better than me at them so it really discouraged me to play them. If Ii had to choose one system it would be the wii because I can compete in those games.
Explain a typical week during football season with class, practice, game, other time.
Brad -Monday: class 9:05-9:55, class 11:20-12:10, lift 1:00-2:00, Practice 3:00-6:00, Film 7:15-9:00, homework 9:15-12:00
Tuesday: class 9:05-9:55, class 11:20-12:10, class 12:55-2:10, Practice 3:00-6:00, Film 7:15-9:00, homework 9:15-12:00
Wednesday: class 9:05-9:55, class 11:20-12:10, lift 1:00-2:00, Practice 3:00-6:00, Film 7:15-9:00,homework 9:15-12:00
Thursday: class 9:05-9:55, class 11:20-12:10, class 12:55-2:10, Practice 3:00-6:00, Film 7:15-9:00, homework 9:15-12:00
Friday: D-line film/Lunch 12:00-1:00, Practice
Compare your relationship with your high school teammates to that of your college teammates. Assuming that you grew up with most of your high school teammates for years prior to playing together with them, and your college teammates came from all over the country.
… and now football is a job not just a game.
Brad – During high school my football friends were my life. Now I only stay in contact with 3 of them. I think the bonds between college teammates are much greater than high school friendships. In college we are all away from home for the first time and now football is a job not just a game. I keep in contact with about 6 guys from Montana-Western. I have made many new friends here at Linfield and I am sure I will continue to stay friends with the people here after school.
Do you have any game day/game time rituals in college? If so, what were they?
Brad – I don’t really have any game day rituals anymore.
What is your favorite TV show now?
Brad – My favorite show now is paranormal state on A&E. I find myself in awe every time i watch the show.
What was your favorite TV show in high school?
Brad – My favorite show is high school was probably the UFC fighter shows. I really enjoy watching the competition and the UFC fighting.
How much college football do you get to watch during the season? (not counting film sessions)
Brad – I get to watch football all the time during the season thanks to T-VO. I record all important games I want to watch and come back to them when I get the time outside of school, practice and games.
How often do you make it back to Vancouver?
Brad – When I was at the University of Montana-Western I made it home about four times a year. Now that I am much closer to home, I make it back about one weekend a month.