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Athlete of the Week – Brady Dolan

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ROCKFORD (WREX) — From swimming, to switching over to football in just over a week, Brady Dolan is used to playing both sports, but this year adds a twist to what he's familiar with.

"It's kind of weird because in previous years it's always been football then swimming," said Dolan. "I'd always come into swim season I guess in 'land shape' and I needed to be in 'water shape' so it would take two or three weeks to get my body to swimming again. This whole season I've tried to stay in the best shape that I could."

Brady has been a NIC-10 All-Conference swimmer all four years of his career, and just missed state qualification last year by just nine-hundredths of a second last year. Looking back on his swimming career, there's a moment that will always be in the spotlight.

"Probably, it's a long time ago it feels like now but when I was a freshman," said Dolan. "We were the underdogs basically to win the sectional back in 2018 and we went in behind because we didn't have any divers and we came out on top and that was really fun being a part of that team."

In a year like no other, Brady is happy he was able to play both of his sports during his senior year.

"When I heard about it I was like 'this is awesome' I'm going to be able to, even though it's shortened and not what I wanted," said Dolan. "I'm still going to get something. You got to be able to take the little wins, right? It would've been awesome to play football in the fall and swim in the regular winter but I'll still take a season because I love doing both these sports and I wanted to have a senior year to try to perform my best in them."

Brady Dolan, taking the little wins, and turning them into big accomplishments.

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Sam Knox

Sam joined the WREX news team in the Spring of 2020.

He graduated from Emerson College in May of 2020, just two days before moving to Rockford to take the job at WREX as a Weekend Sports Anchor/Reporter. He majored in Broadcast Journalism with a minor in Sports Communication.

Sam is originally from Sturbridge, Massachusetts, and has been an avid sports fan his whole life. He played basketball and baseball in high school, and he went on to play collegiate baseball at Emerson.

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