Cameron Brate is a football tight end for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers of the NFL; he played college football at Harvard. The Harvard graduate would have had no trouble making a career in finance, but his love of football forced him to chase his NFL dreams.
Cameron Brate Bio
Cameron Brate was born on July 3, 1991, the son of Phil and Patricia, who were both teachers, in Naperville, Illinois, where he received his high school education. As a student at Naperville Central High School, Brate wrote in the subjects soccer, basketball, and baseball. Due to his small size, he has excluded from his freshman A soccer team but became a starter on the B team. Brate excelled in both sports and academics, winning many awards and recognition for his outstanding achievements in both fields. He was named to the first team of the All-City, All-Dupage Valley Conference and All-Area selection as well as the All-State Special Mention of the Chicago Tribune. Brate has also been a two-time All-State Academic Selector and All-State Academic Conference Coach in soccer and basketball.
During his junior year in high school, Brate received a letter from Harvard University. Beyond the thought of a Midwestern boy who never dreamed that he would study in such a place, this boy finally found himself at Harvard. He played in the junior university team in 2010 and spent the next three seasons on the Crimson team. Cameron Brate ended his college career with 91 receptions for 1,381 yards and 18 touchdowns, earning him fourth place in the school’s history. Among other accomplishments, he was twice named to the All-Ivy League’s first team.
Brate graduated in May 2014 with a degree in economics and was nominated as a semi-finalist for the William V. Campbell Trophy. The Trophy, which is considered an “Academic Heisman”, is the country’s highest academic award, given to a high-ranking football player in recognition of his academic success, his achievements in football, and his exemplary leadership in the community.
Upon graduation, he would undoubtedly have excelled in the financial field if he had made a career there. He expressed his interest in the financial world when he did an internship with a hedge fund in Boston, but later decided to pursue a career in the NFL. It is very likely that this guy would return to the financial sector after his football career.
For someone who graduated from an Ivy League school, one could imagine that his future was well planned, which was not the case with Brate. He was not drafted in the 2014 draft but was eventually invited by the Buccaneers to a rookie tryout. Brate was signed up after the tryout, although his stay was not without ups and downs. First, the team dismissed him during the final cuts, then the next day after his dismissal he signed with the New Orleans Saints and was even accepted into their training squad.
After playing in the Saints’ training squad for a week, his parent team called Austin Seferian-Jenkins again in the second year after an injury to the then tight end. He returned on September 22, 2015, and played 14 games (4 starts) in the 2015 season, catching 23 passes for 288 yards and 3 touchdowns. The next season, he replaced Seferian-Jenkins after his departure as Starting Tight End. Brate had 57 receptions for 660 yards and 8 TDs in 15 games with 10 starts, and in 2016 converted the highest percentage of red-zone targets into touchdowns among the league’s tight end players. The Buccaneers signed a six-year, $41 million contract with him on March 12, 2018.
Height, Weight, Body Stats, and Other Facts
One of the factors that reduce the effectiveness and productivity of a player on the field is size. Other factors can include strong build and physical fitness. Brate’s athleticism may have been undermined by his height, which was 5′ 9″ and 145 pounds in weight during his high school days, but a growth spurt allowed him to blossom into an athlete with the desired physique – he gained more weight and grew to be taller than 5’8″.
With a height of 6′ 9″ (6 feet), a bodyweight of 107 kg (245 lb), an arms-length of 32 inches (32 inches), and hands like bear traps that can easily catch the ball, Cameron Brate is a good offensive player for any team.
After his soccer career, Brate plans to pursue another career in finance; he once stated that he would earn an MBA. Because of his love of football, he has also indicated that he wants to stay in the game after his football career. He would either become a coach or help the athletes manage their finances, making good use of his education.
The Tight End from Tampa Bay also enjoys playing the piano.