But is he ready to seize it? "I know I have a lot to learn," he says. A self-described "big, goofy kid," Brian has been known to play hide-and-seek in the Illinois locker room with his coaches' little kids. He hopes someday to become a coach or a teacher. Asked what he enjoys so much about being around children, Brian replies, "Innocence. Little kids don't judge you or talk about you behind your back. They want to go along with life and be happy."
As difficult as Brian's own childhood was, his experiences could serve him well should he choose to be an educator someday. He may have a lot to learn, but he also has a lot to teach.