He is a product of Parramore and prides himself on being present in the community. Marvin Bracy-Williams first made a name for himself as one of the best to ever come out of Boone High School. Now the Olympic sprinter has his eyes set on reaching the NFL and he is using the Alliance of American Football to do just that.
- Marvin Bracy-Williams has signed to play with the Orlando Apollos
- Bracy-Williams graduated from Boone in 2012, competed in 2016 Olympics
- Holds state record for 100-meter dash time 10.19 (2010)
Being ready is what Marvin Bracy-Williams has done the last couple of years. With a single phone call he’s jumping on a plane and looking to impress a future coach.
“I had three work outs with teams,” Bracy-Williams explained. “I worked out with the Cowboys, I worked out with the Colts.”
While he’s gotten a taste of the NFL most recently with the Seahawks this fall camp. It’s an opportunity right in his backyard that could elevate him permanently—with the Orlando Apollos.
“I don’t want look at us like we are the rejects. No, these are people that are hungry and fighting for a job,” Bracy-Williams said.
But it’s his lack of film that says otherwise. See after Bracy-Williams shattered sprinting records and acted as Boone’s star receiver in 2011, he redshirted his freshman year at FSU and then turned pro signing a track deal with Adidas the following spring.
“I got put in a stable position; I was able to get healthy and provide for myself, my family and ultimately do what I love.”
And he did, at the highest level, competing in the 2016 Olympics for team USA in Rio de Janeiro.
“Marvin is a guy who I always knew about,” owner of Better Every Day Performance Institute, Trevor Anderson said. “There is a legendary 55-meter indoor run that I saw him run as a junior and I never seen anything like it.”
After Rio and rehabbing from a hernia surgery he returned to the gym, in hopes of finding a home in the NFL and back to his first love.
So he connected with Orlando trainer Trevor Anderson.
At 24-years old –Anderson believes that Bracy-Williams time away from the game has been a key role in preserving his body.
He just needed the tools to make the transition back to the field.
“The NFL is a funny place, they say yeah he is an Olympian but is he really that fast?” Anderson explained. “ You know they live and die by the 40 so ironically I had to help Marvin in his starts. He normally starts with both hands on the ground in blocks.”
Bracy-Williams picked up everything quickly—the world class athlete not shying away from the workload and is being fueled by his desire to compete.
Something he will bring to the Apollos as he knows this could be the stepping stone that he needs.
“I got what it takes to play in the NFL—no diss to the Alliance League but I have what it takes to play at this level and I know it and I’ve proven it to myself as well as these coaches that I have what it takes.”
The Orlando Apollos open up their inaugural season February 9th hosting Atlanta inside Spectrum Stadium.