New school at safety for ‘Skins

Posted at 3:41 PM, Aug 06, 2016
and last updated 2016-08-06 15:55:08-04

Richmond, Va. - After seven seasons with the Broncos, safety David Bruton, Jr. left Denver for D.C. this offseason. But that was not his only trip.

He and tight end Vernon Davis, along with their former Broncos teammates, visited the White House in June to celebrate the team's Super Bowl title.

"To have a new team, new coaches – I want to be able to share that moment with the guys," Bruton, Jr. told News 3. "Not just myself and Vernon going to The White House, I want to take everybody on that 40 minute drive to meet whomever the President is going to be."

If the first-year Redskin wants to teach his teammates what it's like to be a world champ, that's natural. Both the world champ thing and the teaching thing.

"I was a substitute teacher back in Miamisburg, Ohio," Bruton, Jr. explained. "Everything  from first grade to seniors in high school."

During the NFL lockout of 2011, back in his hometown, Bruton, Jr. taught everything from basic geometry to calculus honors. Now, the special teams stud hopes to solve the equation when it comes to locking-up a starting spot in the 'Skins secondary.

“He’s vying for a starting safety job with Duke [Ihenacho]," head coach Jay Gruden said. "He’s done a good job. Bruton is a tough guy. He is very knowledgeable of defense. Smart kid, went to Notre Dame and has played a lot of football. Unfortunately he hasn’t played the safety position as much as he would like to, but he’s dominated special teams and he’s going to have that role here also.”

"I didn’t come here to be a guy who comes off the bench and on passing situations," Bruton, Jr. explained. "I came in to be an every down guy to compete and make plays for this defense."

Don't blame Bruton, Jr. if he's ready to start. Because he's already played the substitute role - both on the field and in the classroom.