Seizing opportunity fueled success for Hammel

Brady Hammel missed out on the chance to kick in the final two games of his high school career at Navarre. And it hurt, especially after an undefeated regular season was followed up by a gut-wrenching playoff loss to Tate.

Fast-forward four years and Hammel found himself in a different spot late in his senior year of college at Miles. He stepped in for the injured starting kicker, Jackson Spradlin, and made the most of it.

Hammel nailed three field goals, including a career-best 44 yard kick in a 17-0 win over Kentucky State, and was near-perfect on extra points, missing just once on 11 attempts. He was 3-for-3 in the Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference championship against Albany State and also averaged 47.5 yards per kickoff during the season.

“I was ready,” Hammel said. “All I needed was a chance. I knew I would be able to take advantage of it.”

The fact that Hammel was prepared for his chance to shine goes back to the work he put in during the offseason.

Read the full article in the Dec. 26 issue of Navarre Press. Subscribe online at for as little as $38 per year

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