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Q&A: Bryson Beirne

Colin Darland
Photo Credit: Colin Darland Arizona Football Scrimmage August 13, 2011

Bryson Beirne’s Arizona career didn’t turn out as he hoped when the Honolulu, Hawaii native decided to become the only quarterback signee of the Wildcats’ 2007 class.

Throughout his five-year career Beirne redshirted and sat behind Willie Tuitama, Nick Foles and Matt Scott. He was a coach from the sidelines, but he still never had a true chance to prove himself.

But Beirne ended his career on a high note against ASU as he helped the Wildcats defeat the Sun Devils by throwing a screen pass to Juron Criner who took it 23 yards to the house for an Arizona victory.

The Arizona Daily Wildcat caught up with Beirne, who reflected on his UA career as he enters his final college game on Saturday.

On his career coming to an end: “Lots of ups and downs. Came in, sat on the bench for a while. But I wouldn’t take it back for anything because I definitely have left this football program better than it was when I came here. I don’t want to take that back.”

On his most memorable moment: “Saturday. People have been asking me if I’ve been replaying it in my mind over and over again, I’m just like no. It really feels like a blur honestly. That’s been the pinnacle, the highest moment of my career.”

On if Saturday made the rest of his career all worth it: “I don’t seek validation for what I went through the last five years. I was raised to work hard no matter what and if I got success I got success and if I failed I keep working. But it definitely was a highlight of my five years here and I wouldn’t take it back for anything.”

On what’s next after football: “I’m in graduate school so I have a couple of years left there. I’m hopefully going into the finance field, working with numbers, especially working with non-profits, getting them on their feet and rolling and being self sustainable. I’ve got a pretty good plan for what I want to do with my life.”

On whether it will be weird with football out of his life: “Football will never be completely out of my life. Sometimes during the day this is all I know. I’ve been doing this since I was 10 years old. It will never go away. I might coach, not at this level, maybe high school football.”

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