Oct. 14, 2010
STANFORD, Calif. - It's not often that a college player can be guaranteed a career in pro football, but Stanford defensive end Brian Bulcke can. The Windsor, Ontario, Canada, native was the sixth pick in the 2010 Canadian Football League draft by the Edmonton Eskimos and has the CFL to fall back on if an NFL career fails to materialize. But while Bulcke is a lock for the CFL, he's giving Stanford one more season. Bulcke already has graduated with a degree in mechanical engineering, and now is working toward his master's in management science, and engineering. Bulcke carried a 3.12 cumulative GPA as an undergraduate.
His future goals beyond football:
"I always thought I would love to go into some form of consulting, in either engineering or business. I've really been motivated in the areas of business management and leadership, and drawing parallels between those areas and football.
How football carries over to the business world:
"Football has helped tremendously. You use the leadership models from the football field and apply them to business. There are so many similarities, especially in terms organization and motivation. You're guiding individuals to achieve a similar goal. You just need to take a step back and examine what works and what doesn't and apply the same model."
Being successful both athletically and academically:
"The tough part is the discipline. I've been taught that when you're in meetings and at dining hall and at a game or practice, you give football everything. When you're in the classroom, you've got to flip the switch and give that everything. When you're with family, you give that everything."
The style of defense under Stanford's new 3-4 scheme:
"In our new scheme, we're really encouraged to go out and make plays. We're allowed to attack and given the green light to get upfield and get after the quarterback and get after the ballcarrier."
What it means to play with a "green light":
"Our philosophy is swarming the football with a purpose. You react the moment the ball is snapped. If you have all 11 guys going to the ball, it takes away the threat of gadget plays and trick plays. By swarming to tackle the football, we'll catch up and make the plays."
How being limited to four games by a wrist injury last year has affected his play:
"It doesn't slow me down at all. I'm happy to say it feels 110 percent. If anything, I'm playing even faster. An injury makes you really thankful for the opportunity to play."
As told to Dave Kiefer, Assistant Communications Director