Virginia’s Darrius Bratton overcomes adversity to get back on the field

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CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (WFXR) — There’s the great 8…..in former William Fleming and current Virginia Cavaliers football player Darrius Bratton, enjoying his senior year on the gridiron, but he had to deal with adversity to get back on the field. The adversity Bratton has faced is all connected to the injury bug. The second happening 2 years ago at Virginia, but the first one took out his senior year back in 2015 at William Fleming. Through the injuries, he’s come back stronger than ever to help be a leader and role model for the Cavaliers.


“I really just go out there to be the best guy and best person and best teammate that I can and let everything fall in line as that and be blessed to have the opportunity to impact people in their lives and stuff,” said Bratton. Darrius Bratton overcoming the injuries to be one of the leaders and special players for the Virginia Cavaliers, hasn’t been lost on the coaches especially head coach Bronco Mendenhall. “He is a young person of substance, maturity and diligence. Consistency and humility and all of those qualities have grown. he has battled through injuries so much. and he keeps going he is smiling and he is very optimistic,” said Mendenhall.

Other keys to Bratton’s strength, the support system from his family, friends, teammates, and coaches. But most of all it is all about fun and being part of the growth of the Virginia football program. It comes through over time and playing football when I was playing little league football back in the day. Football is a game that is what I love to do and I love to play football I love to go out there with my teammates and do what they do best. Darrius Bratton also credits his comeback by spending a year at Fork Union Military Academy between his senior season at Fleming and his freshman year at UVA.

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