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The Rise Of Patrick Nunn Jr

Patrick Nunn Jr comes from a great lineage of talent and football. His uncle Ronald Nunn is a former defensive back at USC, and his brother Sitaleki and cousin Kyle who both played wide receiver at San Jose State.

From early in his career, Patrick has always been versatile and reliable in multiple positions. In high school he would show just that in his years attending Junipero Serra High School.

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As a junior he played wide receiver, catching 26 passes for a total of 415 yards and scored six touchdowns. His efforts and performance would see him added to the Polynesian High School Player of the Year Award Watch List heading into his senior season. In his senior year in 2017 he would be an instrumental part of the team’s success, as they would go on to win a CIF state title. He would have a fantastic season, getting 61 receptions for 843 yards and nine touchdowns, as well as rushing in for two touchdowns and would throw for two touchdowns.

His senior season saw him earn the recognitions of West Catholic Athletic League Most Valuable Wide Receiver of the Year and All-WCAL first-team honors as both a wide receiver and safety. He also got named for the Polynesian All-American game in Hawaii, however wouldn’t attend due to personal issues at the time.

In 2018 as a freshman he would become a defensive player for the Washington State Cougars football team. Appearing in three games, he made his collegiate debut against Oregon State, started against Arizona and appeared on special teams against Washington. During 2018 fall camp he would make a change of number from No. 21 to No. 32.

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Moving forward into 2019 as a redshirt freshman he earned the opportunity to see more game time come his way. He would appear in 12 games and start in two of them. Throughout his 12 games, he made 10 tackles which included two for loss, recorded one stop, forced a fumble and one pass breakup.

In 2020 in a united stance with other players, Patrick opted out of the season in support of the #WeAreUnited movement. The movement was to express health concerns, as well as bringing to light racial injustices, wanting economic freedom. and much more for athletes for now and the future of the NCAA. Patrick would say during this time, “I don’t think I’d be able to go to sleep at night with peace knowing I didn’t try to do something.”

2020 would bring a tragic event when Patrick would lose his friend and roommate Bryce Beekman to an accidental overdose at just 22. An incredible man and son, on the field everyone that saw him play knew he had so much potential. Always made his mark and presence felt as a defensive back, Beekman will always be remembered and motivating Patrick.

After Beekman’s death Patrick struggled both mentally and physically. It impacted him and saw him take some focus off his studies. He would later fail all classes in that 2020 fall semester and lost his scholarship due to academic reasons. Which led to his eventual transfer back home to College of San Mateo in 2021.

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He would switch to play Wide Receiver at CSM, however his time there would be short lived as he would leave to play for the City College of San Francisco. That year he would also go on to win the 2021 National Championship Training with Malu Fitness, the same place where Steelers Running Back Najee Harris trains.

Now in 2022, Patrick has earned himself the opportunity to showcase his talent and sign as a Safety for the Western New Mexico University.

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