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Former Burke H.S. Star Fadol Brown Reflects on First Season at Ole Miss, Looks Ahead to the Future
1/21/2015 3:44:35 PM

Fadol Brown
By Tolbert Smalls, Jr.

Could you imagine yourself running out of the tunnel in front of a crowd of over 50,000 fans for a home football game?

Now imagine looking across the field and seeing the best competition that college football has to offer in the toughest conference in the nation. Fadol Brown, a former multi-sport standout athlete at Burke High School, managed to put himself right in the middle of it.

Brown earned a scholarship to play football at Florida International University after a strong senior year for the Bulldogs before graduation with the 2013 class. He continued to develop his body during his freshman campaign and transferred to the University of Mississippi in Oxford, MS (otherwise known as Ole Miss) after one season to play for the Rebels in the Southeastern Conference in 2014. He worked hard and showed the coaching staff enough over the summer to earn the starting nod at defensive end every game this past season.

In his first season with his new team, Brown ranked second on the defensive line with 40 total tackles and added 8.5 tackles for a loss, 1 sack and 9 quarterback pressures. His best performance came when it mattered most as the Rebels defeat the No. 1 ranked Alabama Crimson Tide 23-17 as he garnered six tackles in the October 4, 2014 contest.

‘Big Brown’, as his teammates would call him, helped the Rebels finish the year with a 9-4 record with two impressive victories over top 5 ranked opponents (aforementioned Alabama and rival Mississippi State).

The 6’4’, 280 pound sophomore is ready to improve and make a stronger impact next season. “I had a good year, but I didn’t really have the kind of season that I?wanted to. I’m going to do everything I?can to get better and put myself in position to become an All-SEC?player next year. My ultimate goal is to make it to the NFL one day,” Brown said.

When asked how he transformed his body to compete with the extraordinary athletes in the SEC, Brown mentioned the weight program and his diet. “I?work hard in the weight room and ate healthy foods. I try to stay away from junk food as much as I?can stay focused on reaching my goals.”

To reach his goals and full potential, Brown knows that he has to perform in the classroom as well. “You can’t play if you don’t make the grades. A lot of great athletes don’t make it because they are academically ineligible to play. If you don’t do what you are supposed to in the classroom you don’t have a chance,” Brown said. “That’s the best advice I could give any young person that wants to accomplish something. Get it done in the classroom first.”

Brown, whose grandmother lives on Poplar Street downtown across from the Chronicle, is very humble and thankful for where he is today. “I’ve had a long journey coming from a small school like Burke and still have a long way to go. I’ve been fortunate to make some good connections to make it to this platform to reach my full potential. I?wish had more guidance while I?was in high school that could of made it easier to get here, but I’m grateful and will continue to work hard.”


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