College: Clemson University
Height, weight, class, position: 6-4, 230, redshirt junior, long snapper
High School: Pinewood Prep School in Walterboro, SC
About Jim Brown: Originally a walk-on at Clemson, the President of the newly formed Uplifting Athletes Chapter has earned a spot on the roster for the third consecutive season. Brown has appeared in two games for the Tigers, and is in line to become the starting long snapper next year. A management major, Brown was an ACC Academic Honor Roll member in 2012.
As a player, what is your favorite part of the game day experience at your home stadium?
BROWN: The best part about game day at Clemson has to be rubbing Howard’s Rock and running down the hill. It is a tradition like no other. Getting the chance to experience it in front of 81,000 fans makes it really special.
What drove you to get involved with Uplifting Athletes, and what, if anything, has this experience done for you?
BROWN: I became interested after Scott Shirley came and spoke to our football team about the organization. His story was incredibly inspiring and motivational.
What is your most memorable experience as a college football player?
BROWN: My most memorable moment was probably the 2014 Orange Bowl. We had an amazing trip to Miami and topped it off with a big win against Ohio State.
What is the toughest team you’ve faced or regularly play, and what makes them so difficult?
BROWN: Our rivalry against the University of South Carolina is one of the best in the country. It’s always a tough game whether it’s home or away. The fans from both teams get really involved and make the rivalry special.
Besides one of your teammates, name a college football player you enjoy watching?
BROWN: I got to watch a lot of football on Saturday since we had a Thursday night game, and one team that I really liked was TCU. I don’t know any players in particular, but their team was very impressive.
Who is your favorite NFL player and why?
BROWN: Chandler Catanzaro. He is a former Clemson kicker and now plays for the Arizona Cardinals. He just broke the rookie kicking record this season. Not only is he a great kicker, but he’s a super guy as well.
What is your favorite road stadium to play in and why?
BROWN: We played at Florida State this year and lost in a close one. I would have to say that was one of the toughest environments we have had to play in.
In your words, what are some of the things you are looking for in life after football?
BROWN: I know that the sport of football is not going to last forever for me. But its values don’t have to end when the game does. The priceless lessons, discipline, and experiences that football has taught me will be applied to whatever endeavors that I inquire in the real world. I am confident that these attributes will mold me into the successful individual that I aspire to be.