BRENHAM, TEXAS -- Internship Fulfills Dream for Former Blinn College Athletic Trainer
Brennon Gurley one of five student trainers selected to intern for the Dallas Cowboys.
Brennon Gurley isn’t one to let his goals for life pass him by.
So when Gurley learned the NFL’s Dallas Cowboys were offering medical staff internships, he applied a year before the guidelines allowed. Then the Blinn College sophomore waited a year to become eligible.
It was worth the wait. Gurley, now a junior at Arkansas State University, received a call from the Cowboys earlier this month notifying him that he was one of five selected to join the medical staff.
“I was shocked,” Gurley said. “I listened to the voicemail two or three times. This has been my dream from day one.”
Gurley will travel with the Cowboys to California for six weeks during the summer to assist with the team’s mini-camps. It’s another step in a career path that began at Bullard High School, where he served as a student assistant for four years of basketball and football, three years of softball and a year of volleyball.
“This is one of the highest burnout jobs, with all the time spent on the road and practices and games, but it’s not about that because I love what I do,” Gurley said.
He followed that love to Blinn, where he worked for two years under head athletic trainer Donna Jones. He was assigned to the women’s basketball team and was part of the team that advanced to the NJCAA National Championships last season, then volunteered to help during the softball team’s season. He also assisted with two-a-days at the start of football in early August.
“Brennon was one of the hardest working student-trainers I’ve had,” Jones said. “If the Cowboys are looking for a hard-working young man who’s dedicated to his job, they’ve found one in Brennon. If I could hire a thousand Brennons, I would.”
After graduating from Blinn, Brennon transferred to Arkansas State and joined former Blinn volleyball coach David Rehr’s staff as a Red Wolves student trainer. Less than four months later, Gurley received that shocking phone call from the Cowboys.
“We all set goals for ourselves,” Gurley said. “This was one of my goals, and I never thought in a million years I’d be here. But you have to set your goals high, and –– even if it sounds cliché –– if you do that, you can do anything you set your mind to.”
Blinn has competed in intercollegiate athletics since 1903 and has captured 27 NJCAA national championships since 1987. Blinn was the first NJCAA program to win back-to-back NJCAA football championships in 1995 and 1996. For more information on Blinn athletics, visit www.buccaneersports.com.
Registration for Blinn’s upcoming Spring semester is available through Jan. 12 at www.blinn.edu.