Brian Finneran - Villanova - Family Man

Family Man

Besides the normal pressures that go along with being a normal student-athlete, All-American wide receiver Brian Finneran has additional resposibilities that he must deal with on a daily basis. In addition to catching footballs and keeping up on his commerce and finance studies, Finneran is both a husband and father. Brian, and his wife Erin, are the parents to three-year old son, Conor and 19-month old daughter, Brynn.

"The schedule can get pretty hectic," said Finneran. "You learn to make adjustments. I think it is tougher on my wife Erin, because she is alone with two young kids most of the day. I'm pretty laid back. My outlook on life is kind of go get it done, do what you have to do. Don't make a big fuss about it. Sometimes Erin gets a little caught up in all the everyday things. Those are the times you have to sit back and thank God for what you have and just get through it. We have accepted the situation we put ourselves in and dealt with it. If you'd told me four years ago that I would have been able to deal with it all, I would have said you were crazy. But everything has been for the best. I wouldn't change a thing."

While Finneran may think that he is no different that anybody else, his coach feels he is as special as they come. "He's been a franchise player since he got here, and he has handled a lot of adversity with a great deal of class," said Villanova head coach Andy Talley. "His wife likes to say she has three children. It's not an easy life. Plus he's in one of the toughest curriculums we have. But he's got a lot of character. He dosen't get fazed by much. There's an inner drive, an emotion, that's going all the time."

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Erin Finneran with Conor (r) and Brynn.