Eric Broulette is easily the most photogenic Hudlie to date. His smile can light up a room and his friendly disposition radiates in every Kodak lucky enough to capture even the tiniest glimpse of him.
We lovingly refer to him as Brew. Some people don’t even know Eric is his real name. You really do learn something new every day, huh?
Long story short, Brew joined Hudl a little over two years ago and spends his days keeping Coach Relations in line. He claims to love his job and says he can’t imagine doing anything else. Except maybe playing professional sports. But he doesn’t even really like sports that much.
“I was born and raised in Omaha, Neb. I’m the youngest of three boys and definitely felt the pain of being the youngest, getting picked on a lot. I have to credit some of my toughness and work ethic to my brothers, because I always wanted to beat them at everything. Growing up sports was the biggest part of my life. If I wasn’t playing or practicing, I was probably watching sports on TV or going through all of my baseball cards.
“I followed in both of my brothers’ footsteps and attended Skutt Catholic High School where I played football and soccer. I know that’s a weird combination, but being a goalie allowed me to continue training for football during the spring. After high school, I continued my football career at Nebraska Wesleyan University in Lincoln. I played middle linebacker for four years and jumped on the coaching train the past two seasons as an assistant D-line coach.”
Who would play you in a movie about your life? Why?
I would have to go with Jack Black. My fourth day at Hudl, we went on our company golf outing and every time Bryant Bone saw me on the course he would yell and tell me I looked like Jack Black. It has kind of stuck ever since.
What would you do if someone ordered you to stay locked in your room for an entire weekend? Limited internet access and no visitors.
No visitors? Does that mean no food? I hope this is not some diet plan you’re putting me on. But my bed is probably the most comfortable spot in my house, so catching some Zs and playing video games would consume the majority of my time.
Feel like telling me about one of your more embarrassing moments?
My football team played at Memorial Stadium for the State Championship my junior year of high school. They announce the starters one-by-one in numerical order and I was #1 that year. As they announced my name, I jogged through the tunnel comprised of cheerleaders. About halfway through, they pulled up the banner that our entire team usually broke through. I put a little too much force into breaking it and ended up falling face-first into the turf. My helmet wasn’t strapped, so it popped off in the process. I heard 12,000 people go from cheering and clapping to laughing hysterically. We ended up winning by six, so that definitely made up for it.
If you could retire today, what would you do with the rest of your life?
Golf every day. I recently went on a three-day, 72-hole golf outing with seven other Hudlies. I felt like I was in heaven.
Would you rather eat your least favorite food for lunch AND dinner, or listen to your least favorite band on loop for an afternoon?
I would probably go with eating my least favorite food. Music is a big part of my day and I don’t think I can sacrifice even one day with terrible music. I absolutely hate sushi - I was forced to try it once and was almost sick from the horrible texture. But as a kid I was awesome at moving my food around to trick my parents into thinking that I actually ate. So those childhood skills would probably come into play.
If you had to consider yourself an expert of anything, what would it be?
I’ve been known to be quite the Boom Town player. At a recent gathering, Mark Ketcham and I made a lot of people victims of the high-low move (in this game high-lowing is legal and encouraged).