Each week we will feature a college football player who is either a member or an officer in a Uplifting Athletes Chapter for our Beyond the Trophy series.
College: University of Maryland
Height, weight, class, position: 6-3, 210 pounds, redshirt junior, quarterback
High School: Seneca Valley High School, Cranberry Township, Pennsylvania
About C.J. Brown: Has overcome plenty of adversity to become the starting quarterback this season, leading Maryland to a bowl game for the first time since 2010. Was named the starting quarterback and team captain prior to his junior year, but he tore his ACL during preseason drills and missed all of last season. The redshirt junior was one of the top 20 dual-threat quarterbacks in the country coming out of high school and worked his way up the ladder to make five starts and 10 appearances as a sophomore. Part of the leadership team for the Uplifting Athletes chapter at Maryland, Brown has accounted for nearly 2,200 yards of total offense this season with 18 touchdowns. He’s thrown for 1,786 yards with nine touchdowns and has 400 yards rushing with an additional nine scores.
As a player, what is your favorite part of game day you get to experience at your home stadium?
Brown: My favorite part of game day is running out of the tunnel with the fireworks and smoke machine and hearing the crowd roar. You can just feel the energy in the stadium.
What is your most memorable experience as a college football player?
Brown: My most memorable moment thus far in my playing career is scoring the winning touchdown two weeks ago in Lane Stadium against Virginia Tech in overtime.
What drove you to get involved with Uplifting Athletes, and what if anything has this experience done for you?
Brown: I was introduced to Uplifting Athletes through teammates on the team and had a fun time with the event. I was touched by helping influence and better other people’s lives.
What is the toughest team you’ve faced or regularly play and what makes them so difficult?
Brown: Florida State is a team we play every year. They are tough because they are a physical bunch and all have tremendous speed.
What is your chosen major, and what if anything have you used from that major as a contribution to your Uplifting Athletes Chapter?
Brown: I graduated with a communications major and am currently in graduate school for supply chain management. It helps with the contribution in being organized and making sure everyone is on the same page. Plus being able to advertise our event.
In your words, what are some of the things you are looking for in life after football?
Brown: I plan on being successful businessman and perhaps opening my own business or company someday.
Who is your favorite NFL player and why?
Brown: I really enjoy watching Peyton Manning and Tom Brady. Their passion for the game and the way they perform in leading their teams is truly fun to watch.
What was or is the inspiration for the Rare Disease your Uplifting Athletes Chapter is raising money for to be part of the fight?
Brown: Our chapter raises money for the Boomer Esiason Foundation and the fight against cycstic fibrosis. Boomer played here at UMD and we feel that anytime you can help support a Terp its always a great cause.
What is your favorite road stadium to play in and why?
Brown: My favorite stadium to play is at NC State. I just think it’s a cool stadium. The sidelines are turf and the playing surface is field grass. It’s just a great stadium all around.