POSTED: Monday, June 23, 2014 - 4:49pm
UPDATED: Monday, June 23, 2014 - 6:47pm
Tyler , TX (KETK) — A Bullard native is shooting for the stars being one of five college students in the nation chosen to work for the Dallas Cowboys this summer. "I've always been a big fan of the cowboys ever since I was younger and my aunt used to be a Dallas Cowboys cheerleader," said Brennon Gurley, 2011 Bullard High School graduate.
Gurley is living a family legacy as an athletic training intern. "I never thought in a million years I'd have this opportunity, take this, you know, I've always said id love to do this, but to actually get that phone call from them to allow me to take on this opportunity, I couldn't be more excited," said Gurley.
The Arkansas State trainer says this has been eight years in the making. He said, "wasn't very athletic when I was younger, but just wanted to be more involved in the sports." That's when his Dad talked to the athletic trainer at BHS. He quickly began his 'training and taping' days with the Bullard Panthers. He was able to work with the football, basketball, and softball teams all four years. "I loved helping people out so when I found out this was an open opportunity for me, I took that opportunity," said Gurley.
After going to Blinn College in Brenham, Texas, he transferred to Arkansas State University in Jonesboro, Arkansas to work for the Redwolves volleyball team. He said, "It helped me out a lot actually, just getting my foot in the door, and actually learning the whole career about athletic training and what it takes to be an athletic trainer."
However he wasn't going to stop there, and said, "I've always wanted to go higher up and so I actually contacted the Dallas Cowboys my sophomore year." Being a big Cowboys fan, he says its hard not to be star-struck, but reminds himself its just his job. "Just like if we were working at a college level, or the high school level, we're responsible for taking care of each athlete," said Gurley.