Around the Way with EJ: Brandon Holland

‘There’s always going to be ups and downs in school just like it is in life.’

ROANOKE, Va. – A multisport athlete from here in the Star City, Brandon Holland sort of stumbled upon the football field.

“Football was something I always played but was always secondary,” Holland said. But he committed to the craft as he hit the field at Northside High School. His hard work paid off as he found himself suiting up for the legendary coach, Frank Beamer.

“I remember looking around like I don’t know if I can do this,” Holland said. He recalls getting sick early during fall camp of his freshman season. Rather than give up he stayed committed, playing on the offensive line in front of standout quarterback and now NFL veteran Tyrod Taylor.

Holland recently connected with an old AAU basketball teammate, Daniel Brooks of Motivate the Game, and has found a new purpose in helping train local athletes physically and mentally.

““We have been able to use our life experiences and our journey to impact these kids now and help them navigate through hard things they’ll go through throughout life.”

About the Author

Eric is no stranger to the Roanoke Valley. He is a Roanoke native and proud graduate of William Fleming High School.

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