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Canes We Miss: Braxton Berrios

Has there been a more beloved Hurricane in the past 10 years?

Notre Dame v Miami
MIAMI GARDENS, FL - NOVEMBER 11: Braxton Berrios #8 of the Miami Hurricanes scores a touchdown during a game against the Notre Dame Fighting Irish at Hard Rock Stadium on November 11, 2017 in Miami Gardens, Florida. (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)
Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images

The University of Miami and its football team are no strangers to legendary players, coaches and moments. With a program as rich and storied as the U, not just in Miami but beyond to the NFL, the list of Canes that we miss are many.

During the post-decade dynasty era for UM since about 2004, times have been tough, and though we love all players who suited up for UM, there have only been a handful of those special ones who we continue to love and continually support.

One of those players is Braxton Berrios. Even though I wasn’t around to appreciate Canes in the 80’s or 90’s, or quite old enough in 2001 while they were at UM, very few players have been as popular during their team time at Miami as Braxton has.

A receiver for the Hurricanes from 2014 to 2017, it wasn’t until his senior season that catapulted the North Carolina native into UM glory.

I think one of the main reasons why Berrios was able to become so beloved, was that his breakout senior year in 2017, was the same season that Miami was once again prominent in the national eye. And several times during that magical season, Berrios cemented himself as a Hurricane legend.

Starting things off against FSU in October of that year. Miami hadn’t beaten the Seminoles in seven years, and in Doak Campbell Stadium, it took every ounce of effort from the Canes to snap that streak, and Braxton’s performance showed that.

On that memorable day in Tallahassee, Berrios finished with eight catches, 90 yards and two touchdowns. And though he got in the end zone twice that game, Berrios most important work came on the final drive, with two receptions on 3rd and 10’s for first downs, setting up a Hurricanes win.

Later that year in Chapel Hill against UNC, Berrios gave us a GIF following a touchdown that would be remember forever.

In what’s possibly the moment he is most remembered for, Berrios gave America one of the great touchdown celebrations of all-time after scoring against Notre Dame. After Malik Rosier hit Braxton in the corner of the end zone in the first quarter, Berrios pulled out the “convict.”

Even off-the-field, Berrios was just a standup guy and everyone loved him, as he also became a valedictorian and an Academic All-American. He continued to be a exemplary young man that represented to the nation what a Miami Hurricane should look like.

Following his UM career, he was drafted by the New England Patriots last April, and though an injury sidelined him for his rookie year, he was still able to be apart of the Pats Super Bowl team this past season.

While he wasn’t part of the Canes roster in 2018, Berrios still made the time to attend the Miami-FSU game in October, stirring the sold-out crowd into even more of a frenzy with a speech. Being at that game myself, I can personally say that the ovation given for #8 was one of the loudest I've heard Hard Rock Stadium.

Whether it’s appearing on Canes podcasts or doing meet and greets at Miami stores, Berrios continues to be loved by the UM community and certainly always will.