He was chosen by People magazine as one of the 50 Most Beautiful People in the world. He was the second-half season champion of "American Gladiators" and, for the 1990-1991 American Gladiators Grand Championship, faced off against Las Vegas police officer (and future World Wrestling Entertainment performer) Rico Costantino, who was the first-half season champion. Branham won the championship in a close competition that is still talked about today. Featured in the 1984 book "Blonds" which featured sketches and color photographs of 40 or so young men with varying degrees of "blondness." Branham's sketch mentioned his growing up on a ranch in Arizona where, at eight years old, he participated in his first rodeo. He later played basketball and was once the National Junior College Decathlon Champion. "Blonds" also included two "beefcake" photos of Branham posed in a pair of white briefs.