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The National Football League (NFL) didn’t see much of this wide receiver in the 2016 and 2017 season owing to one injury or the other. While John Brown spent most of his time battling hamstring injuries in the previous year, the latter season left him continually troubled by various kinds of injuries that saw him play only 10 games.
True, Mr Brown has the flair for American football but if history must remember him as one of the finest wide receivers of the game, he has to enlarge the attainment of his career.
So far, the most prestigious accomplishments of his career include being named thrice (2011-2013) among the Little All-American team and the First-team All-MIAA. Disregarding those, he was the SAC (South Atlantic Conference) Freshman of the year 2009 and a recipient of the Ickey Woods Award in 2014.
It was in March 2018 that John Brown joined the Baltimore Ravens for a one-year contract worth $5 million. Albeit one would be reluctant to proclaim that John’s performance since he was drafted to NFL has been of only average quality, it is largely held that his move to The Ravens is another chance for him to reassert himself in his chosen profession. It is believed that his performance with the Baltimore-based team would determine if he has a future in the sports or destined to slide into obscurity.
Whichever way it goes for this chap, there is no denying of his enthusiasm for the game or his athletic inclination. His achievements as a college player proved this beyond all doubts and that was why he got drafted as the 91st overall pick in the third round of the 2014 NFL Draft by Arizona Cardinals. He played with The Cardinals from 2014 to 2017. Read on to get more details about the life and career of this American footballer.
Who Is John Brown Of NFL?
In addition to the foregoing, John Brown, fondly called Smokey by his fans, friends, and family was born on the 3rd of April in the year 1990. His place of birth was in Homestead Florida which was equally where he was brought up.
Although we can’t tell much about his parents, we know he had a half-brother named James Walker. James and John grew up together and were super close. As such, it was difficult for John to cope with his death. From what we learned, from gunshot wounds and has remained an inspiration for Smokey. In fact, it is said that John made a promise to James on his deathbed which he soon fulfilled.
Everything You Need To Know About John Brown
- How He Got His Nickname
Even though many have come to believe that this wide receiver was nicknamed Smokey because of his remarkable ability to accelerate off the line, the origin of the name has been traced to his grandmom. According to John, his grandma’s boyfriend gave him the name because he was “blacker” than his present skin colour.
- The Beginning of His Career and Rise to Fame
Irrespective of the fact that it has been difficult to tell exactly when Smokey became passionate about American football, it is a common knowledge that he thrived in the game at Homestead High School.
Whilst his high school career saw him listed amongst the All-Dade County selection, he only stormed the limelight when he moved to Mars Hill College in North Carolina. He would later transfer to Pittsburgh State University where he blazed astoundingly for The Gorillas, emerging as the team’s all-time record leader in receiving touchdowns, receiving yards, and receptions.
He had great potentials and there was no doubt he was going to prove his worth at the NFL, so the Arizona Cardinals got him drafted.
Smokey has always suffered one form of injury or the other and it has kept him off the field a great deal. Following his 2016 hamstring injuries that rendered him inactive throughout the season, it was uncovered that the wide receiver is a carrier of the sickle-cell trait. Granted that this doesn’t mean John has the sickle-cell disease, the trait in his blood is said to be the reason for his frequent injuries and why he doesn’t recover from them quickly.
- Height, Weight, and Body Measurements
In spite of the fact that John Brown’s flexibility and speed makes him a splendid playmaker, his physical attributes, for most people, isn’t the ideal features for a wide receiver. It has often been suggested that his small hands, short arms, and body strength have limited his performance. Anyway, Smokey is 11 inches taller than 5 feet (180 cm) and weighs 80 kg (178 lb); other details of his body measurements are unknown.
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