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Sean McGrath's Affinity for Art
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The tight end has been showcasing his creative side ever since he was he was a kid. Growing up in Chicago, he was used to arts having a front and center role in the city’s culture. Being influenced by his grandma, who graduated from the art institute, McGrath got his BFA in studio art from Henderson State University.
What is it about the hobby that McGrath loves so much?
“It keeps your brain active,” McGrath said. “Anything you can do to get the wheels turning and have it not (always) be about football I think keeps you fresh and on your toes. Especially with the creative side of your brain. It keeps you balanced.”
“For a lot of guys, it’s football, football, football. A lot of times when it comes down to it, the ‘Not for Long’ is a different (meaning) for the NFL acronym. It’s always good to have something to fall back on whether it’s art, finance or whatever you decided to get your degree in. It’s important. So, to be able to practice it while I’m at such a young age having this position is good.”
Art mediums hold no bounds for McGrath. From sculpture to sketches, he can do it. He even sometimes draws his teammates on the plane.
“I usually go to the beach because there are more bodies there. I call it ‘sniping’ because I sit there and draw people. I’ll sketch the whole scene and it’s kind of cool. I’ll draw the scene and if I see a couple or family enjoying the sunset, I like to capture moments like that. I’ll draw, rip it out and give it to them. I always try to get my karma points and do something nice for people! It’s all about staying inspired and trying to inspire other people on a daily basis.”