Retired NFL Player Reflects On A Chance Encounter With Legendary Coach Eddie Robinson of Grambling State University
An undrafted college football player has a 0.3% chance of making it to the NFL and three years is the average length of time in the league. With just one year of college football under his belt at a historically Black college in the south and a year in the Canadian league, Brown managed to beat the odds...twice. In 1999, he successfully entered the NFL as an un-drafted free agent and goes on to spend 9 years in the NFL...but how?
"Success occurs when preparation meets opportunity..."
As fate would have it, Brown's first year as a Grambling State University Tiger would be Coach Rob's final season as head coach. Amid the changes made with the coaching staff, Brown quickly found himself without a spot on the team for the upcoming season. Suddenly, he was forced to acknowledge the fact that his dream of making it to the NFL would most likely remain a dream. However, a phone call from Coach Robinson rekindled the possibility. During the conversation, Brown was advised to, "stay in shape and wait for me to call you back." The rest was history.
The Last Recruit
With the distinction of being the last Eddie Robinson recruit to make it to the NFL, Brown attributes much of his success to the lessons that he learned from "Coach Rob" both on the field and off the field, "... I learned enough in one year to last a life time," says Brown.
In addition to his fateful encounter with a living legend, an intense desire to take care of his family was the driving force behind his accomplishments.
"It is an honor to be connected to the legacy that he left behind...he is truly one of a kind."