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Connor Bradley ('23), LB- Union Academy Cardinals

By Tim Winters, 05/01/20, 7:00PM EDT

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On March 14, everything changed for students across North Carolina. Schools closed due to the COVID-19 pandemic, and as a result, the lives of student-athletes put on hold.

Nine days later, another announcement from the state that school- closing would extend until May 14.

Finally, on April 24, the Governor of North Carolina decided to shut down schools for the remainder of the school year. 

Despite the negative news, our student-athletes are finding ways to work on their craft while maintaining respect for the virus responsible for this shutdown.

As we continue to navigate through this crisis, I'll profile some of our local athletes that are being resourceful and optimistic despite the obstacles.

Today, my interview with Union Academy's rising sophomore linebacker, Connor Bradley.  I met Connor during his early afternoon workout an hour before the Governor's decision.

Bradley was the lone freshman member on the defensive side of the ball for the 2019 Union County Football Dream Team, a well-deserved honor. Bradley finished the season with 60 total tackles and six sacks.

Below, my conversation with the Union Academy linebacker.

Thanks to Chris Summerville for the majority of photos used in the production of this video.