Brazinski Discusses His Plan for the Summer

The dim prospects of a long and successful professional football career encourage athletes to explore other avenues after college. For high school senior Mark Brazinski, acceptance into the Rutgers Business School expanded his opportunities.

"It was a whole, slew, plethora of things," Brazinski said in a telephone interview, referring to reasons that he verbally committed to Rutgers. "I was able to get into business school as a freshman, liked the coaches there, coach flood."

Although the business school remains a two-year undergraduate program, its increased popularity has it aimed at incoming freshman.

Brazinski said the school accepted a limited number of students and will test this newer approach.

"They're revamping the program because it's one of the most popular things for the state university from my understanding," he said.

Understanding the Law of Averages, so to speak, Brazinski understood the average length of an NFL career, which lasts between two and four seasons.

"Statistically, the average NFL career is 3 years, he said. "If you play from 23-26 or 25, then what are you gonna do for the next 40 years of your working career? An education is universal.

Other colleges offered scholarship to Brazinski, a Somerville, N.J. native, including his older brother's alma mater, the University of Pennsylvania, and several Ivy League institutions.

Although Penn. maintains one of the finest global business schools, Wharton, Brazinski feels confident in the opportunities that await him at Rutgers.

"I highly considered Pennsylvania because it has the Wharton School of Business, the number one school," Brazinski, a football center for Immaculata HS, said. "I felt like getting a five-year MBA was close to a Wharton education."

Additionally, Brazinski said he followed his childhood dreams to compete in NCAA Division I, essentially ending hopes of playing for Penn, a D-II school.

"Since I was young, I always wanted to play I-A and now I have an opportunity to do that."

Brazinski has visited Rutgers and other universities and attended several football games. But, none of them compared to a much-anticipated Rutgers-South Florida matchup last season, televised nationally.

"I went to South Florida game," he said of the Scarlet Knights 30-27 upset win over the Bulls. "If you were there, nothing else needs to be said. The decibel level was probably well above the recommended tone. I've been to a lot of games this year from other institutions and nothing rivaled that experience."

Meanwhile, Brazinski said he runs and lifts weights four to times a week and cycles to stay in shape over the summer. He also communicates with Flood, an assistant head coach/coaching line.

"The coach I've been dealing with the most is coach flood, and him and I get along very well," Brazinski said. "I enjoy his sort of teaching style of coaching."

Brazinski also said he rarely worries about the recent media spotlight on the football program.

"The only thing I can control is me football playing and that's all I'm gonna worry about right now," he said. "I asked coach Flood about that. Basically I was told not worry and that all coaches have similar clauses in their contracts.

"I have a very high faith in coach Schiano, until I hear otherwise," Brazinski said of head coach Greg Schiano. "I hope that he's staying there."

Regardless, Brazinski remains committed to the Scarlet Knights' organization. "Coaches leave. It happens all the time," he said. "I've chosen Rutgers and that's what I'm gonna stand by."

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