Florida A&M sprinter Brandon Love is known for his blistering times in multiple events during indoor and outdoor track events.
Now, the junior speedster in the process of racing toward a strong career beyond college.
Love is one of 10 MEAC students and seven athletes participating in the NFL Events & Club Business Development Experienceship Program.
The structure of this campaign takes place until January. Students are paired in a mentor/mentee relationship with NFL professionals who are based at the league headquarters in New York. Love’s mentor is Brendan Seidman.
FAMU sprinter Brandon Love (center) works out with teammates at the Pete Griffin Track. Love is currently participating in the NFL Events & Club Business Development Experienceship Program. (Photo: Submitted photo)
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Throughout this period, Love and others will learn key skills and insight on various positions. They’ll also receive invitations to NFL Speaker Series and participate in an on-site league or club-driven event.
“My degree is in economics. But my career path is in sports. Whether it’s with the NFL or sports in general,” Love said.
“The networking I’m doing will help me after college. I love to take advantage of opportunities like this. I’ve already sat in on meetings learning how things work in the NFL.”
FAMU sprinter Brandon Love takes a break after running with teammates. The Miami native is presently enrolled in the NFL Events & Club Business Development Experienceship Program. (Photo: Submitted photo)
Love first learned about this program after speaking Kentrell Kearney, FAMU Associate Athletic Director for Compliance and Diversity.
Kearney sent correspondence to all Rattler student-athletes. Love’s follow-through and determination ultimately led to him securing this position.
“Brandon was selected for the NFL program that they do with the Celebration Bowl last year,” Kearney said.
“When this opportunity came up, I sent it to all the student-athletes. Brandon came in and expressed interest. I told him if he’s interested to shoot for it. He did it and got it. This is definitely a great fit for his career.”
Love is a native of Miami and a graduate of Coral Reef Senior High School. His races at FAMU include the 200 and 400.
Missing the 2020 spring season was a downer for all the Rattlers. Love is doing his part in preaching social distancing and safety precautions to ensure a return to action for the upcoming indoor and 2021 outdoor season.
“It was difficult not having a spring season. My whole way of life was thrown off. When you have that taken away from you is jarring. When the pandemic first came out, I couldn’t see my teammates or coaches,” he said.
“Right now, we’re training for indoor. I promote social distancing. This will be my first year being eligible to go to MEAC. I don’t want this opportunity to be jeopardized.”
Love is a die-hard Miami Dolphins fan. He likes the performance of the defense. However, he wants to offense to raise their output level on the field. Miami is 0-2 this season.
“I think they have potential. The defense is impressive. The offense has the same issues as last year. Hopefully, things will change with the new quarterback (Tua Tagovailoa) we drafted,” he said.
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