Considering his performances on the field, John Brown has well proven himself to be one of the Ravens best wide receivers of his time. His physical strength, agility and body control has been among his key traits that have helped in his career success. Despite his health challenges, John Brown has managed to keep up with his good games. He has an exceptional ability to catch the ball especially in crowded situations, it is one skill you could hardly find in any ordinary receiver, except for one who has gone through rigorous training.
Aside from the support he receives from his team members, Brown has always had the full support of his family members and this has been one of his major source of courage to push further in his career as an NFL player. Here are a few facts about John Brown you would love to know.
Who is John Brown (NFL Wide Receiver)?
Best known as Smoke or Smokey, John Brown was born on April 3, 1990, in Homestead, Florida and as a child, he has shown great athletic traits that made his family see a brighter future if he pursues a football career. However, his height, health stood as a major threat to his dreams even before he ventured into it.
Academically, Brown started with Homestead High School where he could not do so much as a sportsman, but he earned some measure of popularity after he was named All-Dade County selection as a senior in 2007. When he moved to the North Carolina-based Mars Hill College, he began to prove his skills in sports after leading the school’s football team with an all-purpose yard of 1,472. He also had 7 touchdowns and caught 27 passes for 619 yards. For this, he was named the South Atlantic Conference (SAC) fresher of the year despite being undersized.
In 2010, Brown was transferred to Coffeyville Community College but he could not play for the community college because he was redshirted. The Pittsburg State University spotted Brown while he was still practising with the Mars Hills College. He then joined the University team in 2011 and after receiving for 1,216 yards and 12 touchdowns in the Gorillas’s game at the NCAA Division II National Championship, he earned for himself second-team All-MIAA as a wide receiver. Other accolades he got for himself as a collegiate was the 2nd-team All-MIAA as a wide receiver; the NCAA Division II National Special Teams Player of the Year, first-team All-MIAA player as Pasuma, and the first team All-MIAA player.
Smoke began his professional career in 2014, being drafted by the Arizona Cardinal as the 91st overall, in NFL’s third-round pick. As the first Pittsburg State Gorilla drafted since 1993, Brown never misused the golden opportunity to make a remarkable future for himself in the NFL. Hence, starting from the week one of the 2014 seasons, he began to work hard, catching his first professional touchdown on a 13-yard pass in a game against the San Diego Chargers. His first multi-touchdown came two weeks after, in a game against the San Francisco 49ers. By week 10 of the 2014 season, Brown had already earned a name for himself in the history of the football game. He became the first rookie to have 4-game-winning touchdowns in a season, in the entire history of the NFL. he then rounded up that season with 5 touchdowns and 48 receptions on 103 targets for 696 yards. This success was also achieved in 2015 but 2016 and 2017 were quite difficult for young Floridian as he was plagued with health challenges and injuries.
On March 13, 2018, Smoke signed a one -year contract, worth $5 million with the Baltimore Ravens and in a game against the Buffalo Bills, he scored his first Ravens touchdown. In the fourth week of the season’s game, he recorded 3 receptions for 116 yards and one touchdown in the victory.
John Brown Family Life
Alex may not have gone this far without help and support from his family. Named Smokey by his grandmother’s boyfriend because of his dark skin colour, Brown suffered from lots of illness after he was diagnosed with sickle cell trait. But despite his health challenges, he remained confident in his career. Much of the courage he gained was from his half-brother, best friend and football player James Walker. John, in his early years, was fond of wielding James’s pads around while James played in college games.
During his college years, Brown lost his closest friend, James. He was shot dead during his college break. Brown made a promise to his half-brother before his death, he promised to score the first in the upcoming season which he later fulfiled. During an interview, Brown also revealed that he often hears his brother speak to him in times he wants to give up in games. “When I’m tired, when I’m working out and thinking about giving up, I can hear him in my head. It just pushes me to go even harder,” John Brown said.
His Height and Weight
James is 5 feet 11 inches tall which is often considered short for football games but he is quite flexible and has a speed which is also paramount in the game. His bodyweight is 80 kg (178 lb).