Brady Oliveira

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Brady Oliveira
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Oliveira at the 2019 Grey Cup parade in Winnipeg.
No. 20 – Winnipeg Blue Bombers
Position:Running back
Personal information
Born: (1997-08-15) August 15, 1997 (age 25)
Winnipeg, Manitoba
Height:5 ft 10 in (1.78 m)
Weight:225 lb (102 kg)
Career information
High school:Oak Park (MB)
College:North Dakota
NFL Draft:2019 / Round: Undrafted
CFL Draft:2019 / Round: 2 / Pick: 14
Career history
Roster status:Active
CFL status:National
Career highlights and awards
Player stats at CFL.ca

Brady Oliveira (born August 15, 1997) is a Canadian football running back for the Winnipeg Blue Bombers of the Canadian Football League (CFL). After finishing his career among the University of North Dakota's all-time leading rushers, he was drafted with the 14th overall pick in the 2019 CFL Draft, making him the first overall running back selected.[1]

Early years[edit]

As a senior at Oak Park High School, Oliveira was named Winnipeg High School Football League (WHSFL) Potter Division Offensive Player of the Year after rushing 170 times for 2,220 yards and 34 touchdowns,[2] and catching 6 passes for 142 yards and 2 additional TDs. In his 370-yard game against Sturgeon, he broke the WHSFL record for single-game touchdowns with 6.[3]

He was named 2012 WHSFL Rookie of the Year as a sophomore in 2012.[4]

Oliveira spent the 2013 season at the Canada Prep Academy in Ontario.

College career[edit]

Oliveira finished his career at UND as the program's 7th all-time leading rusher with 2,822 yards (5.6 yards per carry average).[5]

He earned All-Big-Sky Conference honors in 2016[6] and 2017.[7] UND competed as an FCS independent school in 2018 with no All-Conference teams applicable. He was named to the 2016 Hero Sports Sophomore All-American team after posting 897 yards and 10 touchdowns.[8]

Oliveira was among 169 nominees for the Allstate Good Works Team recognizing "distinguished accomplishments off the field."[9]

He was invited to and participated in the 2019 College Gridiron Showcase college football all-star event in Fort Worth, Texas.[10]

Oliveira was named one of 5 finalists for the second annual Jon Cornish Trophy given to the most outstanding Canadian player in collegiate football.[11]

Career Stats[edit]

  Rushing Receiving
Season Team GP Att Yds Avg Yds/G Long TD Rec Yds Avg Long TD
2015 UND 8 60 348 5.8 43.5 38 1 5 45 9.0 26 0
2016 UND 12 168 897 5.3 74.8 60 10 6 36 6.0 11 0
2017 UND 11 111 637 6.7 57.9 57 3 5 56 11.2 23 0
2018 UND 11 161 940 5.8 85.5 68 8 9 104 11.6 34 0
Total 42 500 2,822 5.6 67.2 68 22 25 241 9.6 34 0

Oliveira was named the Red Jarrett Male Athlete of the Year at the 2019 UND Night of Champions as the school's top male athlete.[12]

Professional career[edit]

Oliveira went undrafted in the 2019 NFL Draft but was selected 14th overall in the 2019 CFL Draft by the Winnipeg Blue Bombers.[13] On May 13, 2019, it was announced that he had signed his first professional contract with the Blue Bombers.[14] Oliveira injured his ankle during a Week 3 game against the Edmonton Eskimos while working on the kick return team which required surgery, and as a result he missed the rest of the 2019 CFL season.[15] The Blue Bombers went on to win the Grey Cup. Oliveira returned from injury the following season. He won his second Grey Cup ring.

Career statistics[edit]

  Rushing   Receiving
Year Team GP Att Yards Avg TD Long Rec Yards Avg TD
2019 WPG 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2020 WPG Season cancelled
2021 WPG 13 94 429 4.6 2 18 9 74 8.2 0
2022 WPG 18 202 1,001 5.0 4 31 23 252 11.0 1
CFL totals 33 296 1,430 4.8 6 31 32 326 10.2 1

Personal[edit]

Oliveira's father Adail, was a soccer player in Brazil and kickboxer in Canada. His brother Kyle is a mixed martial artist and boxer.[2][16]

For his 2018 Spring Break, Oliveira went on a mission trip to San Miguel, El Salvador with FOCUS, a trip which he attributes to strengthening his faith in Christ and interest in missionary work and service.[17] When UND played Sam Houston State for the Potato Bowl, he went to the game and visited some of the local high school kids from around the area.

Over the last few years, Oliveira has been featured on multiple episodes of the YouTube channel The Dodo for his contribution of rescuing and fostering animals.[18][19][20][21][22]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Bombers add depth to trenches with first round draft picks". CFL.ca. 2019-05-04. Retrieved 2019-05-09.
  2. ^ a b Miller, Tom (2016-08-28). "UND FOOTBALL: Running back Brady Oliveira shaped by family b..." www.grandforksherald.com. Retrieved 2019-02-01.
  3. ^ "(PDF)" (PDF). University of North Dakota Athletics. Retrieved 2019-02-01.
  4. ^ "Oak Park's Oliveira tearing up high school football record book". Winnipeg Sun. 2014-10-12. Retrieved 2019-02-01.
  5. ^ Miller, Tom (2018-12-01). "Ex-UND standouts now turn their attention to the pro game". www.grandforksherald.com. Retrieved 2019-02-01.
  6. ^ "2016 FB All-Conference Team (PDF) - Big Sky Conference" (PDF). bigskyconf.com. Retrieved 2019-02-01.
  7. ^ "(PDF) - Big Sky Conference" (PDF). bigskyconf.com. Retrieved 2019-02-01.
  8. ^ McLaughlin, Brian. "HERO Sports FCS All-Sophomore Team 2016". HERO Sports. Retrieved 2019-02-01.
  9. ^ "Allstate & AFCA Announce 2018 Good Works Team® Nominees". AFCA Insider. 2018-07-17. Retrieved 2019-02-01.
  10. ^ "2019 CGS College Gridiron Showcase Rosters". College Gridiron Showcase. 2019-01-02. Retrieved 2019-01-08.
  11. ^ "Brady Oliveira named finalist for Cornish Trophy". University of North Dakota Athletics. Retrieved 2019-02-07.
  12. ^ "Tuesday's Local Scoreboard". Grand Forks Herald. 2019-04-30. Retrieved 2019-05-01.
  13. ^ "UND's Brady Oliveira drafted by Winnipeg in second round of CFL draft".
  14. ^ "Bombers add four 2019 draft choices". May 13, 2019.
  15. ^ Austin Siragusa (June 29, 2019). "Winnipeg Blue Bombers' Brady Oliveira undergoes ankle surgery". Global News. Retrieved 2019-11-19.
  16. ^ Sherdog.com. "Kyle Oliveira MMA Stats, Pictures, News, Videos, Biography - Sherdog.com". Sherdog. Retrieved 2019-02-01.
  17. ^ "Brady Oliveira on Instagram: "Jesus, when you ran up to me into the streets of El Salvador was when my life was changed! That smile of yours that lights up an entire…"". Instagram. Archived from the original on 2021-12-24. Retrieved 2019-02-01.
  18. ^ "Tiny Puppy Leads Rescuer To Her Siblings". youtube. Retrieved 2019-02-01.
  19. ^ "Brady Oliveira Saves Puppies In His Free Time". youtube. Retrieved 2019-02-01.
  20. ^ "An Online Post For "Unwanted Puppies" Led Rescuer To An Entire Family Of Abandoned Dogs". youtube. Retrieved 2019-02-01.
  21. ^ "Guy Finds A Family Of Puppies Living Under A Couch". youtube. Retrieved 2019-02-01.
  22. ^ "Couple Saves This Puppy From A Garbage Bag". youtube. Retrieved 2019-02-01.

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