Brody B. Uddenberg –
- I was born in White Rock General Hospital in 1994. I’m a middle child with two brothers, older one is 29, and the younger one 19. My father moved to Nanaimo in 2001 bringing me and my brothers along. I began playing football at 13 years old in grade 8 at Nanaimo District Secondary School. Graduated high school in 2012 and moved to Victoria.
- I began playing for the Westshore Rebels in 2012 and worked in construction as an Ironworker for 3 years before deciding it was time to go to school. I have been attending Camosun College for 2 years in the Sport Management program.
- Flag Football was my first organized sport experience in grade 7 and it stuck ever since. I was supposed to go to high school at Woodlands Secondary, but instead went through the process of out of catchment placement to go to NDSS and play football. I played my first season of tackle football in Grade 8 and played at Defensive Tackle and Right Guard. Grade 9 I was moved to Running Back and Middle Linebacker and even played up on the senior team throughout most of the season. I played for both my junior team and the schools senior team for two years. Once a senior myself, I was moved to Outside Linebacker and still played Running back. Grade 11 my team won the high schools first semi-final game. Also in grade 11, I coached the junior bantam team during their Spring season. In my senior season, Brody’s team won their divisions provincial championship for the first time at NDSS.
- After graduating in 2012, I moved to Victoria to play for the Westshore Rebels. Played my first year with the team as a blocking Fullback, and was part of the RB duo that was dubbed “the Chopsticks” (because it was me and a Vietnamese guy). I sat out my second season with the team after a camp that saw me playing the same role. 2014 was my return with the Rebels where I saw time at Running-back, Receiver, Defensive-back, and Linebacker. After playing so many different positions in my first year back, I was determined to find one and stick to it for the 2015 season. I won the starting safety job in camp and carried it throughout the entire year. In 2016 the Rebels saw a huge boost in recruits and on-field performance. My team went 8-1-1 and we won the BCFC Championship. We fell short in the National Championship game but after going 2-8 the year before it was a huge success. I played Strong Safety for the entire season, led my team in tackles, was named Captain of the Defense, and won Defensive Back of the Year for the second time. This would be my final season with the Rebels as I aged out.
- My ultimate dream is to be the Head Football Coach at one of the big universities down in the states. The first team I coached was the Nanaimo Cowboys, a Junior Bantam (12-13yrs) team that practiced at my high-school. I have continued to coach at camps almost every year for the Rebels and still enjoy it. This season I was approached about being a Defensive-backs Coach for the Westshore Warriors Junior Bantam team. I accepted and had two weeks of practice with the team before I was asked to be the Head Coach of the Westshore Warriors Atoms (7-9yrs).
- I tied rebar for 3 years as a lead-hand. Started in 2012 after working as a labourer and was promoted to Foreman’s Lead-Hand after 6 months. After 3 years of long days and short breaks I decided to go back to school.
- I have been working at Frankie’s Modern Diner as a Bartender for 10 months and love it.