Name: Brendan Flaherty
School: Holy Cross
Q: How did you get started playing football? I started my football career when I was in the second grade.
Q: What separates you from all the other athletes trying to become a professional? I believe that my mental approach separates myself from other athletes. I have a high level of competitiveness and knowledge of the game. I have also played wide receiver for just two years, so I believe I have that I haven’t yet scratched the surface of my potential.
Q: Tell us about your college choice, career and what the recruiting process was like. It was a decision on whether I wanted to play Division 1 Football or Lacrosse. In the end, I couldn’t give up football, so I chose Holy Cross where I could be pushed physically with football and academically.
Q: What would you consider to be your biggest accomplishment in your sports career so far? My Junior year of football was my greatest individual accomplishment. I broke the Patriot League reception record with 106 receptions and became an FCS All-American.
Q: What is/was your biggest challenge and how do/did you manage it? My biggest challenge was overcoming knee tendinitis. It greatly hindered my senior year and my chances of playing professionally. Patience with my training and rehab through physically therapy has allowed myself to fully recover.
Q: What is your biggest strength or X factor that you bring to a professional team? My biggest strengths as a wide receiver is my ability to understand the defense and catch the ball well in traffic.
Q: Who is or has been the most influential person in your life? Both my parents have been a great support system to get me to where I am at today.
Q: What are your goals with football? If football does not work out, then what? My goal with football is always to play at the highest level and compete.
Q: How did you prepare for the National Scouting Combine and what are your expectations? I have put in a lot of work on my own with both combine and football specific drills.