Avery Braxton (20) is a junior at Mercer University studying the fine art of journalism. When he's not yelling at a television screen over a blatant missed call or doing a happy dance because the Falcons just scored (something that's become few and far between as of late), Avery can be found scouring the Internet for that meme that perfectly encompasses his brazen, goofy form of sarcasm.
Avery is a lover of all things Atlanta sports, but don't count on seeing him at a baseball game, because he cannot stand it. He is also a passionate Ravens fan with roots that go back to his home state of Maryland. Ray Lewis is his all-time favorite football player for obvious reasons. Avery also loves Georgia football and wishes his Maryland Terps could be equally as good but recognizes that basketball and lacrosse are much more Maryland's thing. Avery also loves the black skin he's in and will be writing on what it feels like to be in that skin, because "melanin absorbs sun light. We are light filled." In other words: We lit.
Avery's love for sports was born in the backyard at 4 years old when his dad put a football in his arms, and insisted he run around while getting tripped and falling on his face. Since then he has seen too many a broken ankle, interception and enjoys the look of crushing defeat on his opponents' face in any competitive domain. He is known for having a quick first step, and a mean left-hand lay-up. In the infamous twitter lingo, don't @ him about it.
Avery ultimately wants to end up on television and would love to see his mug on the anchor's desk at Sportscenter. He fell in love with this job when he heard Stuart Scott first say "boo ya" at said desk. However, any job that allows him to talk excessively and meet interesting and outgoing people with phenomenal stories will do. He is a journalist after all. Currently, he is the co-founder and co-host of the Bear Report, as seen on ESPN3 during Mercer home-game broadcasts and a news intern for Middle Georgia's The Telegraph.
If you can't find him on the court, field or journalism department look in the Kappa Alpha Psi house, as Avery is a member of the greatest fraternity on the planet. He is also a member of the Point B.L.A.N.K. spoken word organization on Mercer's campus and will indeed spit (perform) for anyone who will listen.
"There is no better than adversity. Every defeat, every heartbreak, every loss, contains its own seed, its own lesson on how to improve your performance the next time."
- Malcolm X
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