Overview: Brandon Brown is a wide receiver who posses great speed and has good hands. He is currently a free agent who is looking for an opportunity to continue his journey as a professional football player.
I had the pleasure of interviewing Brandon, during which time he told me more about his background, his personality and his overall love for football.
C: When did you first fall in love with playing football?
BB: I first fell in love with the playing the game of football at the age of 11. Entering my 6th grade year of Junior High School my hair fell out in patches due to having alophecia. A classmate by the name of Nathaniel Sprouse saw me being teased by our classmates because of the way my head looked from the hair loss. After getting them to stop he invited me to his house after school, after reaching his home his mother was waiting outside with his helmet and shoulder pads which I had never seen before since I had grown up playing little league baseball. I tagged along with them to practice an after seeing the way the players ran around catching the ball and getting hit with all the equipment on seemed like fun an like something I could do, so I tried and after the first hit I was hooked. At first football was a distraction/outlet to cope with a tough situation but quicker grew into an obsession.
C: What would you say are your strengths and weaknesses?
BB: I would say my strengths are my speed, ability to catch the ball in the open field while getting extra yards after the catch, and my willingness to block downfield in the running game. My weakness is what Ted Goveia, General Manager of the Winnipeg Bluebomers would consider “not having enough experience to play at the highest level.”
C: What separates you from the other players at your position?
BB: What separates me from other players at my position is my deceptive acceleration, long arms, ability to eat up turf with long strides, along with my playmaking ability.
C: What has been your biggest accomplishment during your football career?
BB: My biggest accomplishment in my career thus far has been playing in the first ever American Football game to be played in the Grand Cayman Islands, played at Truman Bodden Stadium and hosted by the Commissioner of Tourism for the Island of Cayman who we got to meet, shake hands with and sign autographs for, along with George and Peter St. Lawrence founders of the CDFL
(Collegiate Developmental Football League). The goal posts used in the game were donated by the Miami Dolphins and flown in to be used for the game then placed into the stadium permanently.
C: Which current or former NFL player do you think you resemble and why?
BB: I would say I resemble Desean Jackson of course, my reason for the comparison is being able to catch the ball in the open field and turn it into a big play, coupled with my deceptive speed and playmaking ability.
C: What can you bring to a professional football team?
BB: What I bring to a professional football team is being a team first player who’s willing to do whatever the team needs for me in order for us to be successful and ultimately win games. I have a laid back personality, and I will come to work everyday looking to become a better player than I was the day before.
C: How have you been training this offseason?
BB: I have been training this off-season using a combination of both strength and conditioning workouts. I’m currently following a 5 day regimen Mon-Friday in the gym consisting of various full body workouts put together by my sports performance trainer at Brooklyn Health and Performance. Saturdays I spend running in the pool doing speed drills followed by hitting the field near my house in the afternoons to do football drills with my ladder and running routes/catching the ball while the QB I train with throws to me.
C: How do you prepare for game day? Do you have any game day rituals?
BB: I prepare for game day like every other football player I’m assuming, by lifting during the week to stay in shape while in season, studying game film of the team we will be playing to find any tendencies they may have during certain game situations to try an obtain as much of an advantage as possible. I wouldn’t call it a ritual but on game day I don’t talk to anyone, I put my headphones on then zone out to my music until kickoff.
C: What is the most inspirational or powerful thing a coach has ever said to you in your college career?
BB: The most powerful thing any coach has ever said to me came from my former head coach Corey Valentine while attending Globe Institute of Technology, he told me “Talent alone would have me standing on the corner drinking beer and smoking weed with my homies if I didn’t have the grades to match.
C: What should people reading this interview know about you?
BB: The most important thing that I would like readers to know is I’m passionate about this game and have sacrificed a lot to be able to what I love which is play this game. I’m also a husband and father of two handsome sons and want to play in either the NFL or CFL not for the money, because the money comes with playing in one of the above mentioned leagues and the longer you play the more money you make. I do this for the love of the game and if blessed by God to play at the highest level while making a living, providing a comfortable lifestyle for my family, then I will accept those blessings with open arms and no matter how much or how little I make from playing I have gotten to travel places playing football that I could have never imagined seeing in my wildest dreams and I have no complaints, I have been blessed.
Locker Room Update would like to thank Brandon Brown for taking the time to speak with us. We wish him the best of luck as he continues his journey as a professional football player.
Follow him on Instagram: @bbrown440
Christa is a syndicated New York Jets beat writer and acts as the primary talent scout for Locker Room Update, where she interviews college football players from around the nation. You can follow her author page on Facebook here for the latest updates.