By Melica Allen
ADDISON - Bradley Willette is not your typical 14-year-old. The Addison youth stands 6’5” tall and weighs 240. He excels in sports and in the classroom, as an honor student.
Willette has been invited to play in the Elite All American football game that will be played in Las Vegas, Nevada in January. This is an invitational only event through the Diamond Sports Group.
This event will include the “best-of-the-best” from the D1 Savage regional games in an east versus west format.
Bradley has been playing sports since an early age, starting football in the first grade with the Toy Bowl program. He is now in the seventh grade and has been invited to play on the varsity basketball team at Addison High School this season, according to his dad, Bryan.
Bryan explained that Bradley received recognition while playing football at Addison. “He was invited to play national basketball in Atlanta this year, where he played three months there.
“While in Atlanta, he got recognized for his size and was asked to an invitational only football combine in Phenix City this past June.”
At the combine, the youth get an opportunity to showcase their talents.
“At that combine, officials selected three kids to go to Las Vegas, Nevada for the All-American game,” Bryan said. “He was one of the three selected. Bradley will represent the state of Alabama while in Las Vegas, as well as Addison. We have already been in contact with the principal at AHS (Micah Smothers). He will be wearing an Addison High School football helmet.
“He is just a machine in football. He plays on both sides of the ball. He has done really well in basketball, too” continued Bryan. “That is what everyone was playing for at the combine - the invitation to the Las Vegas event.”
Bryan said that sports consumes most of Bradley’s time away from academics. He loves fishing his dad added.
“He loves school. He was invited to join the Beta Club. We are very proud of Bradley on and off the field. He works hard and his accomplishments are because of his dedication and hard work. All we do is get him where he is supposed to be. It is all about him.
“We are really excited about this trip,” said Bryan about going to Las Vegas.
“This game will be televised and will give him a great opportunity for national exposure.”
Bradley’s parents are Bryan and Tina Willette. He has an older brother Ronnie and sister Ashley.
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