David Brady, the voice of the Houston Texans, will be at Sam Houston State University Wednesday for Priority One’s Mingling with the Media.
“My passion and love for Sam Houston runs very deep,” Brady said. “It’s such a big part of my life, so I have a lot of trouble saying no to anything I’m asked to do by the university. I cannot stress enough how important and impactful my time at Sam Houston was both professionally and personally.”
Brady graduated from SHSU in 1988 and currently serves as the Executive Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer for the Houston Dynamo. Prior to attaining his current position, Brady bounced around all over the country with different jobs.
“One of the lessons I wanted people to understand is every step in your journey may lead you in another direction,” Brady said. “It may take you on a different, better path. I’ve gone through life without a road map.”
He has worked coast-to-coast, gaining experience in a variety of areas from California and Arizona to Connecticut where he served as Yale University’s play-by-play announcer.
“My time [at Yale] was fascinating,” Brady said. “It was really great to be part of that university and that football program in particular. To be just a tiny part of the Yale-Harvard rivalry was a great highlight in my career. It was a lot of fun.”
Outside of simply focusing on his profession and his personal life with his wife and three children, Brady is also a member of the Center for Houston’s Future Think Tank. He worked on a project that researched and created a presentation on food deserts—ultimately leading to his involvement with the Houston Food Bank as a volunteer and a donor.
“One of the things I truly believe in is learning and growing outside of the classroom and outside of the formal education setting,” Brady said. “I was invited to participate in the Center for Houston’s Future several years ago, and it gave me the chance to grow as a leader and understand our community a lot better.”
According to Brady, he also has “the greatest part-time job in the history of the world” as the Houston Texans’ Public Address Announcer.
Brady has served as the voice of the Texans at home games since 2006.
“It’s a character, in a sense, that is much different than who I am in person,” Brady said. “I always tell people that I’ve never had nor do I have a booming, public address announcer voice. But when I’m passionate I bring something different than a lot of people can bring.”
Mingling with the Media is a free event and open to the public, and there will be a question-and-answer session with Brady. According to Brady, interacting with students about his journey is an important part of this day.
“The story that I want to tell the most is that I walked onto campus not knowing what I wanted to do,” Brady said. “I struggled for a couple of years. I had no direction and no passion, but it was on campus [where] that spark was lit for me, and that changed everything.”
The event will begin at 4 p.m. in the Dan Rather Communications Building room 301.