- As a senior in 2016, despite receiving consideration for multiple national athletic awards which included the watch list for both the Doak Walker Award and Maxwell Award, it was an award for what he does off the field that Breida felt most honored by. Breida was announced as a finalist for the 2016 Senior Class Award after making the Georgia Southern Eagles’ Honor Roll and being involved in the community by reading and speaking to local elementary schools in Statesboro, GA as well as back home in Florida. “One of the best people I’ve ever been around,” said Georgia Southern Head Coach Tyson Summers when asked about Breida. The 2016 Senior Class Award is given to a senior who has various notable achievements in four areas: community, classroom, character, and competition. “For them to see me as one of the role models was pretty cool for me,” said Breida.
- Breida honors his parents, calling them the reason he is where he is today. “They mean everything to me. I could be somewhere else.” said Breida who was adopted the day after he was born by Terri and Mike Breida. Both permanently disabled, Terri and Mike sacrificed to make sure Matt and his brother had the best life they could offer them. According to Breida, “They gave me everything that they could even though we didn’t have a lot. Adoption or no adoption, family is family. I see them as my parents, from day one. No matter what. That’s mom and dad to me. I would do anything for them.”
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