Virginia Tech cornerback Brandon Facyson has excelled both athletically and in the classroom during his four years as a Hokie.
The former freshman All-American is one pass break-up away from tying the school’s all-time record. Last spring, Facyson graduated with dual degrees in sociology and biology. He has dreams of becoming a heart surgeon.
According to a story published Wednesday by Mike Barber of the Richmond Times-Dispatch, Facyson discovered that dream as a middle-schooler — while playing with cow organs.
His seventh-grade class was dissecting the organs, and most kids were repulsed, Facyson told Barber. He was enthralled.
“I’m touching them,” Facyson said. “I almost forgot to put gloves on.”
Facyson said his mother and step-father, both school principals, instilled from a young age the value of academics, and he carried that lesson with him to Virginia Tech. That allowed him to persevere when balancing his studies with football became challenging.
“It was a journey, but I’m glad I went through it,” Facyson told Barber. “When you’re up at like 2, 3 in the morning and you’re like, ‘I’ve got two tests this week. Three tests.’ Some of my tests would land on the same day.”
Facyson’s ability to balance his studies with the demands of football has impressed his teammates — for the most part. Barber uncovered one story from Facyson’s freshman year that his friends haven’t let him forget.
Facyson was with a group of football players at an off-campus party. Apparently, an incident led to some heated words being exchanged between the players and another group.
“Some frat guys called us dumb football players,” senior linebacker Andrew Motuapuaka said. “(Facyson) was like, ‘What? I’m a bio-chem major. I have a 3.8.’
“He’s yelling that stuff and it’s like, dang, that’s what you had to say as we’re about to fight?”
Facyson is projected as a third-round draft pick by nfldraftscout.com. His pro football career may delay the medical dreams that were born when Facyson grabbed the bloody cow organs.
In the meantime, he’ll hope the story of his GPA smack-talk doesn’t follow him to the NFL.
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