GLEN ELLYN – For the past seven years on the gridiron, virtually all Adam Bruere has known is winning.
And there is no reason to think that will change this fall as the Glenbard West graduate enters his senior season as a member of the Wheaton College football team.
“It’s been a lot of fun going from one program that expects to win to another that expects to win,” Bruere said. “It’s great, and I hate losing so it has been nice. Those programs come few and far between.”
Entering college as a fullback, Bruere made the switch to tight end during the spring of his sophomore campaign. He played in two-tight end sets at the beginning of last season before starting some games down the stretch when the player in front of him on the depth chart got injured.
“I like it a lot,” he said. “If I stayed at fullback, the chances are I wouldn’t have played too much. It took a little bit to get used to (tight end), but it came pretty naturally, which is great. I like catching passes but I would say blocking is a little bit more my specialty.”
Most importantly, he has been a member of a Thunder program that posted a record of 26-6 over the past three years.
“I’ve loved it,” said Bruere when asked about his time in Wheaton. “Wheaton football has been a great experience. The guys on the team are great and the coaches, I have nothing but great things to say about all of them. And we’ve been good every year, too, which makes it a lot of fun.”
Wheaton was part of a three-way tie for first place in the College Conference of Illinois and Wisconsin last season but was left out of the NCAA Division III playoffs. That will be a big motivating factor as the 2013 season gets started.
“I’m getting very excited for the season,” Bruere said. “We’ve got a lot of guys coming back on offense and defense. Last year, we had a great season, though it was a little disappointing we didn’t make the playoffs. This year I think we can be great so I’m really looking forward to it.”
In the meantime, Bruere is wrapping up a summer internship with AON, an insurance broker in Chicago. Football camp opens up on August 14.
“It’s been a busy summer,” Bruere said. “The internship is five days a week, from 9-to-5. When I get home, I go straight to workout. I get home around nine and eat dinner and then I’m ready to crash.”
Bruere is set to graduate this year with a business/economics degree. And while he is pretty open in terms of his next step in life, the reality that his final football season is fast approaching is setting in.
“It’s weird to think about,” the Glen Ellyn resident added. “I’ve been playing football pretty much my whole life and it’s my favorite sport. You just have to make the most of your last year. And it’s kind of cool being a senior, being one of the guys that the others look up to. It will be fun but once football is over, it will be different.”