Pine Valley’s Brady Andrews is set to continue athletic career at SUNY Cortland

Pine Valley’s Andrews signs

OBSERVER Photo by Christian Storms. Above, Pine Valley’s Brady Andrews (center) signs his letter of intent to play football at SUNY Cortland surrounded by his mother, Dawn Andrews (left) his father, Lester Andrews (right), football coach Bobby Slisz (standing left) and Pine Valley athletic director Chris Buczek (standing right).

SOUTH DAYTON — Pine Valley’s Brady Andrews is paving the way for future Gowanda/Pine Valley football players.

“It’s tremendous,” Gowanda/Pine Valley assistant football coach Bobby Slisz said about the impact of Andrews signing to play football collegiately. “Especially with the combination of Gowanda and Pine Valley. At first, it had a negative kind of atmosphere around it, so with seeing success combined for both schools, that should change the atmosphere. Now that combination, that marriage, should be very much a positive. Hopefully we’ll have more athletes wanting to play football, wanting to go on to the next level — now they have the pipeline to start to do that.”

On Monday, Andrews signed his letter of intent to play football at SUNY Cortland. Andrews, as a member of the Gowanda/Pine Valley football program was positioned on both the offensive and defensive line. In college, Brady will likely take his talents into the offensive trenches. “Somewhere on the offensive line, probably more of a center or a tackle,” Andrews stated on how he might be utilized by the Red Dragons football team.

“They’re getting a strong player,” Slisz said about Andrews’ football abilities. “Motivated, will work hard on every play, will finish every block. Plays right to the whistle, not over the whistle but right to the whistle. He’s definitely going to finish his plays, both sides of the ball in high school he finished his plays and at the next level on the offensive line he’ll definitely finish every single play hard.”

Brady feels that the Panthers football program has really helped prepare him for this next step.

“Mr. Slisz has done a great job preparing me, getting me ready for the next level,” said Andrews. “I think the program here has really helped me be prepared, both mentally — by watching film, and physically — by the weight room and just the different gifts that we have here.”

Brady was not drawn to SUNY Cortland just for their football program, but also believes it will be a great place to continue his academic career.

“The family atmosphere that I felt when they were recruiting me,” Andrews said on what drew him to SUNY Cortland. “… the great academic programs that they offered were really my biggest deciding factors when it came down to it. I’m going to major in coaching. That’s going to be good playing football and being able to get a first hand taste for that. I’m thinking about minoring in communications and broadcasting.”

Andrews is very humbled by his opportunity to further both his athletic and academic career at SUNY Cortland.

“Just being able to continue my athletic career,” said Andrews. “And to compete with some of the best from around the area and even from beyond this area is a great honor and privilege to me. I would like to thank everybody who has supported me along the way and has shown the support when I moved here — and just the community and how they have accepted me and at Gowanda how they accepted me and let me play for them.”