Miami Hurricanes WR Braxton Berrios takes pride in impact on community

  • Jake Elman
  • Special to The Post
1:34 p.m Thursday, Dec. 28, 2017 Sports
Miami Hurricanes wide receiver Braxton Berrios (8) waves to fans after the end of the second half of the game between Miami Hurricanes and Notre Dame at Hard Rock Stadium in Miami Gardens, Fla., on Saturday, November 11, 2017. Final score, Miami Hurricanes 41, Notre Dame, 8. (Andres Leiva / The Palm Beach Post)

Braxton Berrios is fine with the recognition that comes with being a Miami Hurricanes star.

When Christmas Day arrived Monday, caring about touchdowns and Twitter followers took a backseat when Berrios received word of a young Miami fan crying in elation about receiving a ball the senior had signed for him.

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“We were all kids at one point and we all had people we looked up to,” Berrios said on Thursday. “To be able to make that impact on somebody else, that’s truly something special.”

The child in question had a connection through Miami’s equipment staff.

“You can’t buy a way into that situation, you have to actually mean something to mean that to people,” Berrios said. “That was really cool. That made my Christmas.”

In his four years with the Hurricanes, Berrios — who recently was invited to the Senior Bowl — has tried to embrace his role both on the field and in the community. Berrios has certainly done the on-field portion, currently leading the No. 10-ranked Hurricanes in catches (52), receiving yards (634), and receiving touchdowns (nine) entering Saturday’s Orange Bowl against No. 6 Wisconsin.

But making a difference off the field? Berrios explained that wasn’t so much a goal as it was a responsibility that comes with playing Division I football.

“Obviously, you can go out and volunteer — everyone can go out, volunteer, and give back — but to have those types of impacts, you have to first set something forward on the field,” Berrios said. “You have to try to make a name for yourself, make a good image for yourself, to where people want those things and want to be around you.”

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