Chance Brady, Football, Tufts University
One of the top players ever recruited by the Tufts University football team, Chance Brady met and surpassed his potential on and off the field during his four years as a Jumbo.
From Haverhill, Massachusetts, Brady had the best season by a running back in Tufts history last fall. He led the Jumbos to a 6-2 record, the team’s best mark since 1998. His senior campaign capped a four-year rebuilding process during which the Jumbos went 0-8 when Brady was a rookie, 4-4 when he was a sophomore and 5-3 in his junior season.
In 2016 Brady finished with 1,183 all-purpose yards and 19 touchdowns in eight games. His 14.3 points scored per game average was the best in the East and fourth in Division III overall. The tri-captain rushed for Jumbo single-season records of 1,099 yards and 17 touchdowns while earning NESCAC Offensive Player of the Year honors. He was also chosen as New England Player of the Year by the New England Football Writers Association and the Gridiron Club of Greater Boston.
In the final game of his career at Middlebury College on November 12, Brady rushed for 185 yards and three touchdowns on 36 carries and also caught two passes for 73 yards and two scores. He finished his Tufts career with 2,692 rushing yards to pass Tim Fanikos (2,654 from 1985-88) and move into the top spot in the Jumbo record book. Brady's five touchdowns that day broke the single-game record of four that was held by four players. He also graduated as Tufts' all-time touchdowns record-holder with 35.
In the classroom, Brady majored in history with an entrepreneurial leadership studies minor and achieved better than 3.1 grade point average. During his college summers he worked as an operations manager at Intel Corporation in Hudson, Massachusetts, and as a vendor analyst at Wellist in Boston. He accepted a position working for Suffolk Construction after graduating.
Brady is proud of all that he and his teammates accomplished as part of the Tufts University football program.
“Truly, guys on our team are doing amazing things on and off the field,” he told the Boston Globe. “They’re winning scholarships and volunteering off the field and it makes you proud of them. With the culture we have on this team, it’s almost impossible to be part of this and not find your way and grow as a man. I’m also real proud of the guys I got to play my four years with. We got to change a lot of situations and help the program get more wins.”