(Fun Facts, where we find out more about FCIAC athletes, was a regular feature on The Ruden Report Overtime newsletter. Until we start publishing the newsletter again, we are posting them here. We are dedicating this week, due to the absence of Thanksgiving games, to football players.)
A new Fun Facts with St. Joseph’s Brady Hutchison.
What is your favorite St. Joseph pregame ritual? The night before every home Saturday game, after practice, we have team dinner at the school. The food is catered from Vazzy’s. I love it because it has that “The Last Supper” type feeling. We pray and eat together. Anything could happen the next day, good or bad. You get to sit down and enjoy a dinner with all of your best friends right before the biggest day of the week … game day!
If you could replay one game throughout your time at St. Joseph, which game would it be and why? Junior year, 2019, vs. Fairfield Prep. It was a beautiful Friday night at their stadium, in front of roughly 4,000 people. I did not understand how immense the rivalry was until I saw how emotional my coaches got before the game, reflecting back to their playing days at St. Joe’s when they used to go head to head against them. It was a fun night for everyone. We won 42-13 and I had 7 receptions for 115 yards and a hat trick for touchdowns. We also beat them in October 2019 … the best month I have ever had in my lifetime.
Favorite pre game meal and why? I did not eat much the day of the game, but the night before every game me and my dad had this tradition where we would eat out at an Italian restaurant called Andini’s in Orange. I would get the same thing every time, chicken piccata. It is to this day the best chicken I have ever had.
Favorite St. Joseph tradition that you miss? With the virus taking away our season this year, there is so much that I miss. The bus rides on Friday nights to away games. I miss the home games, playing on Saturdays while all of our parents would tailgate and nearly the entire school would support us. But there is nothing I miss more than pounding Trumbull High on Thanksgiving, followed by December football and a state championship.
Favorite memory from this year’s football season and why? My favorite memory from this year’s unprecedented football season would have to be beating Darien at their field (in the independent private league). In my time at St. Joe’s, we have never been able to beat Darien ever. Before the game, I had a lot of my former teammates who couldn’t beat Darien the years prior texting me to “do it for the ones who couldn’t.” And that’s what we exactly did. I also threw for a touchdown that game, which I had never done before. I have scored a lot of touchdowns catching the ball, but throwing one felt even better.
What was a big takeaway or something you learned from this season and why? From being one of the leaders at the state-wide protests this year, I have learned so much. One of the main things I would say I have learned is to fight for what you believe is right. Me and all of the other players that protested up at the state capital came together as one, and fought hard for what we believed in. Also, that this is life. You are not always going to get what you want, and life is never going to be fair.
Favorite TV show or movie and why? My favorite movie of all time is The Godfather. I love the entire trilogy. I have watched it multiple times and can’t get enough of it. The storyline is ridiculously good. I love the character of Michael Corleone and his rise to power. Also, Al Pacino is my favorite actor so it’s perfect. I always try and relate the characters to my family as well, since I have two brothers and a sister. Scarface is also one of my favorites too. I love the character of Tony Montana. I always tell my mom that I wish I had a scar across my face like he does.
One item you can’t live without and why? My white Air Force 1’s or green Crocs. I can’t leave the crib without them on my feet.
— Julia Blaney