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Braverman on "Meet the Rookies"

An underdog since competing against more highly-touted players in high school in South Florida, rookie receiver Daniel Braverman joins the Bears with something to prove.

The 5-10, 177-pounder appeared in 37 games over three seasons at Western Michigan, catching 212 passes for 2,499 yards and 19 touchdowns. As a junior last year, he ranked second in the nation with 108 receptions for 1,367 yards and 13 TDs.


Wide Receiver Daniel Braverman with his father Jamie.

Selected by the Bears in the seventh round of the draft, Braverman is featured in the second segment of "Meet the Rookies," a four-part series on that chronicles the inspirational stories of the team's newest players.

In the piece, Braverman discusses how he dealt with his mother abandoning his family when he was a young boy.

"That really built me into the man I am today," he said. "Everyone has adversity in life and I think that's what I carry. You can't really look back on life and be mad about it; you have to move on and become a better person from it."

"Meet the Rookies" is sponsored by Chicago Tribune SportsPlus. The four segments will be shown on and the Chicago Bears Official Mobile App this week. The other rookies featured in the series are outside linebacker Leonard Floyd, tight end Ben Braunecker and running back Jordan Howard.

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