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Being a good wide receiver in football requires that you are quick on your feet and Braxton Berrios is one of the players in the NFL who has received fame for his speed. Although the young man is only a two year veteran of the league, he is already being touted for great things, which comes as a pleasant surprise given that his journey was not all that smooth.

Before his first season in the collegiate division, Berrios suffered a torn ACL but was able to come back and feature in all the games that season. This injury pattern repeated in his rookie NFL year of 2018 and contributed to his being dropped by the New England Patriots after just one year. The wide receiver has now made his home with the New York Jets and is hoping to replicate his college miracle in the big leagues.

How Braxton Berrios’ Football Career Began in North Carolina

On the 6th of October 1995, Braxton Berrios was born in the town of Raleigh, North Carolina. He spent his formative years there and went on to play football at the local Leesville Road high school. The young Berrios initially played in the position of a wide receiver, but by his senior year, he became a jack of all trades of sorts, equally playing as a running back, safety and quarterback.

He excelled at all four positions and totaled 740 yards as a receiver, 389 yards as a passer, and 1260 yards as a rusher. These impressive exploits earned Berrios Four-star Under Armour All-American honors, as well as an invitation to the Under Armour All-American game. It also fetched him scholarship offers from about twenty division one colleges including the likes of Clemson, Tennessee, Ohio State, South Carolina, Oregon, and West Virginia.

The young man, however, held out as he wanted the coach of the University of Miami’s football team (known as The Hurricanes) to offer him admission to the university. As a half Puerto Rican, Berrios wanted to use the opportunity of playing in Miami to meet his family members who resided there, and his dreams eventually came true when he received a call from the institution.

Emergence As A top Student-Athlete at the University of Miami

Before joining up with The Hurricanes, Braxton Berrios had to fulfill his obligation of playing in the Under Armour All-American Game in January 2014. The game, however, turned out to be the stuff of nightmares as he tore his ACL as a result of an awkward tackle. The young lad, therefore, underwent reconstructive surgery a week later and faced about nine months on the side-lines. He, however, worked hard, completing his rehab in seven months, and was able to make it back before the season opener.

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Braxton Berrios with some Miami fans (image source/Instagram)

In his rookie year, Braxton Berrios featured in all 11 games and tallied 3 touchdowns, 232 yards, and 21 receptions. The following year was not as impressive as he had zero touchdowns, 12 catches, and 86 receiving yards, even though he played in all games of the season.

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In Berrios’ junior year, there was significant progress in his play though not as great as the first year. As a senior, he had a much better season, totaling 9 touchdowns, 625 passing yards, and 51 receptions. These numbers helped his team to win the ACC Coastal Division, and they proceeded to the ACC championship game, where they sadly lost to Clemson Tigers. The Hurricanes also earned a berth at the Orange Bowl, but they lost to the Wisconsin Badgers 34 -24.

Away from the football field, Braxton Berrios also excelled in his academics. He pursued a double major in finance and entrepreneurship and finished with a GPA of 3.9. This earned him valedictorian honors at the Miami Business School. He also received the 2017 CoSIDA Academic All-American honors, as well as the 2017 Jim Tatum Award, given to the top student-athlete in the ACC Conference.

His One-year Stint with the New England Patriots

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Berrios in action for the Patriots: Image Source

Braxton Berrios joined the NFL draft of 2018 and was selected in the 6th round (210th pick) by the New England Patriots. He, however, suffered an injury early in the season and was placed on the injury reserve of the team. He, therefore, did not play with the team when they went ahead to defeat the Los Angeles Ram at the Super Bowl LIII in February 2019.

Following that triumph, The Patriots deemed Berrios surplus to requirement and cut him from their team rooster. He, therefore, fell in the waivers list and was immediately claimed by the New York Jets. The Raleigh native would go on to feature in all 16 games for the Jets during the 2019 season. His team primarily utilized him as a punt returner, and he averaged the second-most yards at this position in the league for the season. He also went the extra mile to make 6 receptions for 115 yards and is looking to better these numbers in the future.

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Braxton Berrios’ Large Family Has Been Supporting Him All the Way

The budding NFL star hails from a family of five, comprising of his parents, Rico Berrios and Lee Smothers, as well as two siblings, one of which is an elder brother named Austin. Braxton’s dad, Rico, played high school soccer at Miami Southridge before earning an athletic scholarship to Campbell University. He has since hung up his boots and now works as the VP of sales for a furniture manufacturer.

Braxton’s mom, Lee, on the other hand, played softball at Campbell University. She was also a cheerleader, and it was during her college days that she met and married Rico. Although they divorced not long after their wedding, they have both remarried. While Rico got married to a lady named Jessica, Lee is married to a man named Chad Smothers. Braxton Berrios also has an elder brother named Austin. Austin is a wide receiver who has played football for two colleges, namely North Carolina College and East Carolina University. His career was, however, hampered after he tore both ACLs.

Braxton owes his football career to his family, especially his dad who first spotted his talent. As the story goes, the six-year-old Braxton once forced his dad to throw balls to him during a torrential downpour. He defied the mud to make catch after catch and such impromptu games continued throughout his formative years. Some neighbors berated the Sr. Berrios for pushing his son too far while some others predicted that he would one day play in the NFL.

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That prediction has now come true, and his immediate family is cheering him. Also cheering him on is his large extended family. Braxton Berrios has as much as 50 relatives, and this is thanks to his paternal great grandfather, who had about 15 children. These children later moved from Puerto Rico to make their home in South Dade Area, Miami. They started their own families, and this has led to a large profusion of uncles, aunties, cousins, for the NFL star.

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