LostLettermen.com is a college football and men's basketball website. Today LostLettermen's Anthony Oliveri takes a look at 10-year-old quarterback phenom Daron Bryden for Prep Rally.
Daron Bryden is a young quarterback that patterns his game after Tom Brady and Ben Roethlisberger and likes to work out five times a week honing his skills.
That's nothing new for a QB prospect on the verge of stardom -- except that Bryden is in the fourth grade.
A native of Enfield, Conn. -- located near the Massachusetts border -- the 10-year-old has been playing football with this type of fervor since he was 6 years old and has a personal QB coach, Todd Krueger, a former Buffalo Bills draft pick who runs the website playqb.com.
Daron's father, Craig Bryden, said via email that his son has been a prodigy from the start when he attended a New York Giants football camp in Connecticut as a 6-year-old, during which Daron received great feedback about his play.
That's when Craig Bryden contacted Evan Bowen, Daron's first QB mentor, who also saw potential.
"After his first QB training with Evan, Evan told me that Daron [pronounced "Dar-in"] would be a great quarterback down the road because he was impressed [with] the way he was throwing the ball," wrote the elder Bryden, who is deaf along with his wife. "So I started to have Daron to work weekly with Evan and started to attend QB camps/competition[s].
"He was beating older kids -- two, three years older than him. He was making a lot of noise by winning a lot of QB competitions or best quarterback in the camps. That is when I started to realize that he has a lot of potential as a quarterback."
The younger Bryden, who also speaks sign language, certainly has received plenty of publicity already. He became a web sensation with a trick-shot video that went viral in 2011 and his parents started a blog, daronqb.blogspot.com, in honor of his football skills. The blog also contains praise from those in and around the game.
"Daron is the man fa real," ex-Colorado and NFL QB Kordell Stewart is quoted as saying on the site: "Accurate, good technique, can take a hit. … That's just the beginning for Daron. Tell him I said keep it going. Go DB go!"
Bryden has been mentioned by ESPN.com and sports blogs such as Deadspin. He was also featured on the TV station HDNet, which aired Daron rocketing balls that dwarf his head to teammates in practice and showing off trick shots: