October 19, 2019

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Diamonds in the Rough: Adrian Bickham

The former Varnado High School player and newly signee for Rice University, Adrian Bickham, is one who is not afraid of work. Bickham finished the bowl game with some satisfying stats. Bickham had 3 solo tackles and 1 assisted tackle. He knows Rice University will test him both on the field for football and off the field in the classroom. He welcomes the challenge simply because he wants to face the best to be the best. When I asked him what was the reason of his success that he has had, he simply told me, “my work ethic”. He knew if he wanted to get anywhere he would have to devote much of his time to hard work. Adrian told me he stayed in the weight room, sometimes he would want to lift even after a game if he wasn’t too sore. Personally, I was astonished because he played both ways and he probably stayed on the field for most of the game and he had the energy to even think about working out after all that.

Since he did play on both sides of the ball, I asked him which position he enjoyed playing the most and he said, “defense, OLB and DE.” The reason why he likes being on that side of the ball is because he enjoys people trying to get past him. Adrian enjoys being that force of stopping the offense from marching down the field. Since he already signed with Rice, I asked him what is he most looking forward to when he enrolls and he told me the competition. He knows that there are other guys there so he is ready to roll up his sleeves and get to work. The reason why Adrian was so attracted to Rice was that he wanted to be a part of the rebuilding process. Now Adrian is no stranger to the rebuilding process with his high school slowly making a deeper run into the playoffs every year he was there. He wants to leave a legacy. That’s his goal going into this new chapter of his life. After his time with football is up, he wants to be a mechanical engineer and work on planes. He likes being held accountable and making sure people can trust him to do the job right.

Adrian knows knowledge is power, and he applies it to both on and off the field. He has the mentality of “work smarter not harder” and that is what he thinks separates him from everyone else. That mentality is something that will not only help him on the football field but in life as well.