NFL Safety David Bruton Takes Up Teaching

We love you, David Bruton!

With the NFL stuck in a lockout, David Bruton of the Denver Broncos got tired of sitting around and decided to try teaching.
In April, the football player became a substitute social studies and math teacher at Jane Chance Elementary School and Miamisburg High School (his alma mater) in Ohio.

As first reported on NPR, Bruton says his high school football coach and friends who are teachers encouraged him to make the move. “They saw me as a good role model,” he says. It’s also true that he performed well as a student during his own high school and college years.

From NPR:

The NFL player naturally taught social studies because he majored in sociology at Notre Dame. But math came as a total surprise, he says. The last time Bruton took math courses was his first year in college. “I was definitely in the books, on my iPad looking up how to figure out quadratic equations and finding out angles,” he says.

Calling teachers “the guiding source of our youth,” Bruton says no one in such a position should take it lightly. He describes the challenge of constantly being on the move in classrooms: “You go around, helping them out individually, and you’re constantly using your brain, especially teaching stuff that you in my position haven’t done in six years.”

When asked by Amy Ta of NPR if he was more tired at the end of the day from teaching elementary school or from playing football, he did not hesitate: “Elementary school, definitely. I came home, and I passed out. I didn’t walk my dog. He was just sitting there, laying, barking. I was dead.”

He also agreed with his interviewer that teachers should be better compensated.

Again, from NPR:

Bruton also took the chance to paint a different portrait of athletes. “An athlete is not just a bad guy who happens to have a big checkbook. Some guys have a lot of heart and desire, and stuff that they’re made of are different from what people see,” he says. Bruton adds that most stories about athletes are negative, that you may hear about athletes when they get DUIs, but not when they conduct summer camps or organize nationwide Christmas gatherings.

Stars like Magic Johnson, with his charitable organization promoting the health, social, educational and physical well-being of urban youth. have shown that athletes can do a tremendous amount of good, especially amongst the youth for whom they are important role models.

Thank you, David Bruton, for taking teaching seriously and for recognizing the important role that teachers have for children today.

Photo Credit: Jeffrey Beall via Creative Commons


jane richmond
jane richmond6 years ago

Smart move.

Antoinette H.

perfect way to spend time-being useful in the community. this is another reason why atheletes should have a college education. I'm sure david does not have a lot of wasted time now that he is teaching. keep it up.

Doyal D.
Doyal D6 years ago

He's right where he needs to be.

Norma V.
Norma Villarreal6 years ago

Good role model with brains...way to go.

Susan O.
Susan O6 years ago

Um ..... ruth a., unless you are cloistered, you might realize that the NFL players face a labor lockout this year. So, this fine young man has elected to make a difference in the field of education while being denied the opportunity of his chosen profession. Hopefully, your children understand this, even though you may not.

ruth a.
ruth a6 years ago

so does that mean he is not playing this season and earning a teacher's salary instead? That is hard to believe...

K s Goh
KS Goh6 years ago

Thanks for the article.

Bryan F.
Bryan Fairchild6 years ago

Go Broncos!!

Myriam G.
Myriam G6 years ago

yes, I love David Bruton
Finally, a porfessional athlete that inspires youngsters, not only by being a good player, but by interacting with them in a place where it matters the most: the classroom.
He is also helping the world of education in general, because he's showing respect and support for the profession of teaching, and that is one of the keys to raising the education level in a country.
yes, I love him... and his good looks have (almost) nothing to do with it!

Angela R.
Angela R6 years ago

Thank you Mr. Bruton!