This past weekend, Tufts University’s Chance Brady etched his name into the program’s record book, rushing for four touchdowns in his team’s 35-16 win over Williams College.
Brady, who finished the game with 157 yards on 26 carries and four scores, bumped his career touchdown total to 25 touchdowns, erasing the original mark of 24 scores, which was held by Paul Dresens (1985-88) and Dan Morse (1995-98).
In addition to establishing a new rushing touchdown mark, Brady became the most recent Jumbo to rush for four scores in a single-game – the last Tufts player to accomplish the feat was Damon Adams in 1995.
“It is a tremendous accomplishment,” Brady said when asked about rushing for 25 touchdowns.
Brady was tabbed this week’s New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) Offensive Player of the Week and currently leads the conference through five games with nine touchdowns and 596 rushing yards.
Following his impressive performance against the Ephs, Noontime Sports caught up with Brady to discuss his rushing success, the team’s outlook against Amherst College – this week’s opponent – and his favorite Boston sports moment of all-time.
When you entered last Saturday’s game, did you know how close you were to breaking the record?
Yes, I knew I was (close), but I never imagined that I was going to accomplish (it against Williams). It was a season goal for me.
You currently lead the NESCAC in numerous rushing categories, so what’s been the secret to your success this season?
The offensive line has been the reason for everything I’ve accomplished (this season). Without those guys fighting for me on every play, I wouldn’t be enjoying this much success. Football is a team game and those guys are the ultimate competitors.
Last year, you were named the NESCAC Offensive Player of the Year – I know that seems long ago, but what did that particular honor mean to you?
It meant so much to be recognized (by the conference). I really enjoyed how it brought attention to our program because we fought so hard (last season) to become a top dog in this league.
Your team returns to the gridiron this weekend when you travel to Amherst College. What is the biggest key to success this weekend?
We have to be the most physical team on the field. It’s looks like it will be another cold and rainy game on Saturday, so we have to bring the mental and physical fortitude that we brought last week.
What’s the biggest goal facing the team over these final few weeks?
Our biggest goal is to win a NESCAC championship. The only way to accomplish that is to win one game (each week), so the biggest goal is (to focus on) Amherst this week.
With this being your final season with the Jumbos, have you been able to look back or reflect on your time with the program?
Nostalgia has not kicked in yet because every week is a new work week. I’m sure when the final whistle blows I’ll start looking back on my time with the program.
Tell me about majoring in History – what interested you in this particular major?
History has always intrigued me because you can see the patterns over time (and how they impacted the next decade or generation). Knowing the history of how something came to be can help you understand how it will develop (going forward).
Three favorite movies?
Good Will Hunting, Forrest Gump and Crazy, Stupid, Love.
Three songs on your iPhone (or iPod) now?
‘Chiraq’ by Tyga featuring The Game
‘Fake Love’ by Drake
‘Pull The Trigger’ by Russ
What is your favorite non-football activity and why?
Basketball. I love playing pick-up ball and getting a chance to compete (whenever I play in a pick-up game).
Finally, being from Massachusetts, what is your all-time favorite Boston sports memory?
When the New England Patriots won the Super Bowl (last February 2015). I remember Tom Brady’s bone chilling speech about honoring your family, Julian Edelman catching the (go-ahead)/game-winning touchdown and Malcolm Butler’s game-saving interception.