Jags WR Brown Returns to Roots, Hosts Youth Football Camp

By: Nate Sulham Email
By: Nate Sulham Email

Playing in the NFL has given Mike Brown a platform, and the Jacksonville Jaguars wide receiver used it Saturday to give back to his hometown.

Brown returned to Monticello High School, his alma mater, for the first ever "Mike Brown Youth Football Camp".

Over 120 area boys and girls packed the field at MHS to learn basic football instruction and technique from the NFL pro.

Brown says he was one of the kids dreaming of a future in the NFL and now that that dream has become reality, he's giving back to the area that supported him.

"I always have a saying that there's nothing special about me individually. But there's something special about the position God has put me in," brown explained. 'So to be able to give back to the kids, give back to the community...anything to give back. If I can put a smile on someone else's face, that's what I'm all about."

Brown graduated from Monticello then spent four years in Lynchburg at Liberty before latching on with Jacksonville, where he enjoyed a breakout season in 2013, finishing with over 400 yards receiving and two touchdowns.

Brown has helped Jaguar teammates with their camps, but this is the first he's hosted himself, and Brown says he couldn't think of anywhere better to do it.

"You know that was the No. 1 thing for me, the first location that I had in mind for camp was to come back home, come to my roots," brown said. "This is where everything started for me. I wanted to give back to the people that gave to me and hopefully I can inspire the next person that comes up."

Brown wasn't alone in putting on the camp. He enlisted help from fellow Jaguar and UVa alum LaRoy Reynolds, Monticello head coach Jeff Woody and William & Mary quarterback and MHS grad Jhalil Mosley, among others.

"It's a great time," Reynolds said. "Just seeing little kids do something they enjoy doing and having Mike give back to this community, which is extremely important. I'm having a lot of fun watching them have a good time."

"This is all about having fun," Woody added. "Try to make it fun for these kids, run them a little bit, send them home tired and hopefully they take a good nap for their parents when they get home."

While the camp was focused on football, brown hopes his message hits home with the kids, no matter what they decide to do with their future.

"You know you can do whatever you put your mind to so as long as long as they leave the camp with that kind of attitude, my day will be made," Brown said.

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