All his life, Kendrick Bourne has played the role as underdog. Few people believed in his talents when he was in high school, but that has never stopped the 6-1, 203-pounder from pushing forward and focusing on his goals.
Matter of fact, Bourne has fueled that to motivate him ever since he was in his teens. Coming out of Milwaukie High School in Portland, Ore., Bourne didn’t have any Power-5 offers. No Pac-12 schools gave him any looks. Really? Now, he’s a standout for the New England Patriots.
“Yeah man, out of high school, I didn’t have offers and I didn’t have a lot of interest,” Bourne told Signathon during our live event. “My mindset was just that I could do it and that I was just as good if not better than my competition. It was just about sticking with it every day and not giving up.”
That mindset has powered Bourne to where he is today. He ended up heading to Eastern Washington University and signing with the San Francisco 49ers as an undrafted free agent in 2017. After four years with San Francisco, Bourne ended up signing a three-year deal with New England.
None of that would have happened had he not jumped at his chance to play for Eastern Washington. Both he and Cooper Kupp, now with the LA Rams, were sensational together in Cheney, Wash., breaking multiple FCS records.
“Eventually my time came,” Bourne said. “I was struggling in high school at first, but then my senior year I kind of figured it out and got some college offers, some Big Sky offers. No D-1 offers, but it definitely motivated me to push myself to another level and just show that I could play with the best of the best.”
Now, Bourne is doing just that in the NFL and he’s recording amazing plays for Bill Belichick and the Patriots. People are still talking about his 75-yard touchdown reception against the Dallas Cowboys. What about his trick-play touchdown against the New York Jets? You better believe it.
More greatness is sure to come from Bourne while suiting up for New England. He’s confident in his game and Bourne has every reason to keep chasing his dreams.
I love every single coach in that building! They all push me to improve and still let me be myself! 🩸💧📈📈 https://t.co/Ls6Uo97xI9— Kendrick Bourne Poly (@BournePoly11) October 16, 2021