This week we sat down with JB Brown for our Y1on1 interview feature. Brown has had a 12-year career in the NFL, where he played defensive back for the Miami Dolphins, Pittsburgh Steelers, Arizona Cardinals, and Detroit Lions. He currently serves as the Director of Sports Performances and Training for The Grassroots Youth Football League.
What have you learned from sports that have helped you most in life?
Resiliency, teamwork, hardworking
Who helped guide you on your path to become a pro or college athlete?
My parents, teachers and coaches.
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What is the greatest moment(s) in your sports career and what do you recall most about it?
Being drafted in the 12th Round of the 1989 draft 315 out of 320 and making the roster my first year and starting in my 2nd year!
Whether they be good or bad, share a pivotal memory from your time as a youth athlete.
Getting cut from DeMatha Varsity basketball team and dedicating myself to football!
Would you advise youth athletes to play multiple sports or specialize and focus on only one? Why so?
I would advise athletes to play as many sports as they can handle on the field, court as well as the classroom. You should see what you are best at and what gives you the best chance to earn a scholarship to college!
What specific advice do you have for youth athletes?
Be your own person and don't succumb to peer pressure. Conviction can be lonely at times!
Looking back, is there anything on your journey that you would have changed or done differently?
Took better care of my body, eaten better, been more a student of the game!
Outside of sports, what are some of your other interests?
Politics, music, and movies.
Do you take part in any philanthropic endeavors or work with any charities?
I do not at the moment, but plan to in the coming year!