Anthony Patrick grew up in Nashville, Tennessee and attended Pearl Cohn High School.
After high school, Patrick spent time at Tusculum College before transferring to Bethel University.
I asked Patrick what his experience has been like at Bethel University and he said, “It’s been a blessing transferring to Bethel two years ago has changed my life. When I transferred here we won seven games in a row which was incredible. I merged as a leader on defense and I am currently going onto my 3rd season starting at linebacker. So my experience here has been great.”
During the 2016 season, Patrick saw time in 10 games making one start where he recorded 77 tackles (44 solo, 33 assisted), 6.5 TFL and 3.5 sacks and two forced fumbles.
This past season in 2017, Patrick saw time in seven games making two starts as he recorded 63 tackles (39 Solo and 24 Assisted), three tackles for loss and one fumble recovery.
Patrick is coming off of a strong junior season and when I asked him about his main focus heading not only into his senior season but also preparing for the NFL, he said, “My main focus is winning the Mid-South Conference Championship and National Championship. So more accolades would be the Cliff Harris Award , First Team All American, Defensive Player East Mid-South Conference, First Team All-Conference, Lead NAIA in tackles, Lead Team in tackles, Break Bethel Tackling Season Record “107”. By reaching these goals I hope to earn invites to bowl games after the season and get on NFL Scouts radar.”
Patrick has a lot of talent as he has excellent ball recognition along with excellent tackling ability. His speed and athletic ability give Patrick huge upside as he is a driven competitor who will succeed on the field.
Each player is driven to succeed by something different and when I asked Patrick what drives him to continue playing, he said, “being the first male in my family to play college football and to pursue playing professionally. Also being able to use my testimony to give others hope allowing them to know they can achieve their dreams if they stay consistent and believe.”
Patrick is one of those players that not only excels on the field but is a warm hearted person off the field as well. Being able to give back to the community and show the younger generation what it means to find success in what you love doing is huge.
Finishing off the interview I wanted to know Anthony Patrick a little bit better than just the football side of him, so I decided to ask him what he enjoyed doing during his free time when he isn’t training for football and he said, “ I find myself reading and working out to give myself piece.”
Watch out this young man as he looks to not only dominate defensively at Bethel University but also looks to get on the radar of some NFL teams. With his dedication and drive to succeed, Patrick should be able to not only complete his goals but make it in the NFL as well.