Towering Tall: Brave Williams battles high school, sports and attention

EVANS, N.Y. (WIVB)  – It’s hard to miss Brave Williams.

At seven-foot-one, 390 pounds–this 17-year old is quite possible the biggest kid in the country.

“When I was younger when people would ask me (about my height) and it would get overwhelming and I would get mad,” the Lake Shore High School senior said. “And I couldn’t take it out in basketball or anything so I started playing football and once I could hit someone…yeah, I started playing.”

But, growing up so big, so fast has certainly come with its challenges.

“I can’t go to any amusement parks,” Williams said with a laugh. “Either I am too tall or weigh too much.”

This season brave has been getting more attention that ever on the Lake Shore football team. Except, not for intimidating others on the field. Back issues have relegated one of the largest high school athletes–ever–to the sidelines.

“I was bear crawling and this one kid put his knees in my back and that messed up my whole spine and got it out of line.”

While his window to impress college scouts is closing quickly, the story isn’t ending on Brave. He also play basketball for the Eagles and is hoping to get a shot for the Lake Shore lacrosse team this spring.

“I’d like to play college football or college basketball if that. I like playing both sports.”

And, if a scholarship for sports isn’t a seven footer’s ticket to college, that doesn’t mean he won’t seek higher education. Brave plans to study business after finding a passion for managing an indoor lacrosse team on the reservation.

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