Brandon Bair featured in Oregon Ducks "Best defense of the decade" article

Brandon Bair is a retired NFL player and graduate of South Fremont High School.

ST. ANTHONY — South Fremont graduate and former football player for the Philadelphia Eagles and The University of Oregon Ducks, Brandon Bair was recently featured in an article on 247Sports.com. The article titled, “Who is Oregon’s best defense of the decade?” highlighted Bair as one of the top athlete picks from the last decade of University of Oregon’s football teams.

Bair played for Oregon from 2007 — 2010, and was an all-second team Pac-10 player for two years while there.

The best defensive players were chosen for the article based on individual success, team success, and, according to the website, “the good ole eyeball test.”

Bair ranked number three out of five for each of the rankings above.

For team effort, the website noted Bair was the only other player to play in a national title game.

According to the website, “He was a starter on the 2010 team. He recorded two tackles in the game with Auburn.”

For the final overall ranking, Bair shared the number two spot with San Fransisco 49er’s football defensive end Arik Armstead.

Bair said this is the first Oregon article he has been a part of for a while as he hasn’t played since 2011. He said it’s neat to be able to look back and see some of the guys he has played with on the team.

Bair also noted how all of the guys that were picked were all drafted except for him, so he felt it was an honor to be picked amongst them.

Brenda Miller, Bair’s mother and Newdale resident, said she found about the article through a news alert on her phone.

“We have a Brandon alert on our phones so any articles on him, it alerted us. It was written on the 2nd, so we got it shortly after that,” she said.

Though retired from the NFL, Miller said it’s amazing to see how far Bair has come in his career.

“He had a great run at football, he really did. It’s really amazing to see him come from such a small town, but to have this come out is pretty impressive. But he does give back to the community.”

Part of that giving back has went on for the last eight years: Bair runs a football camp Tuesdays and Thursdays on the South Fremont High School football field for young players, where he teaches them basic football skills.

“It’s awesome, I do it every year since I started in the NFL,” Bair said. “This last week will be the last session. All of the local kids that attend, all that money is given 100% back into the Grid Kid program. It’s just so those young kids who can’t afford to buy equipment can, we just give money back to them.”