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Prep Grad Hopes for Draft Day Call

Fairfield Prep graduate and New Haven native Garrett Brown is hopeful about his chances of catching on with an NFL team. Brown recently finished his career as a defensive tackle for the University of Minnesota. While with the Gophers, he recorded 99 career tackles and was named to the Big 10 All-Academic team his final three years.

Some analysts and Brown’s coaches predicted that Brown would be drafted in the later rounds of the draft, but no teams selected him last weekend. Still, his coaches are confident he will be picked up as a free agent. “The draft can be fickle,” said Tim Cross, defensive line coach for the Golden Gophers. “But I will tell you this: Garrett Brown has the quickness, the toughness, and the knowledge to play in the NFL for a long time.”

Brown was not one of the 50 or so defensive lineman invited to the NFL Combine, the annual try-out attended by all NFL scouts, but according to Cross he stood out during Minnesota’s pro day. “Some guys get high test scores, in terms of 40-yard dash times and things like that, but can’t play the game of football,” Cross said. “I think that Brown has the ability, once you get into football drills at camp, to bring a lot to a team.”

Before the draft, the Chargers invited Brown to try out. Cross said that he impressed Chargers coach Norv Turner, and that Brown would fit well in the Chargers’ defensive system.

Regardless of whether he catches on with an NFL team, Brown plans to attend law school in the future. He already plans to represent himself in negotiations with NFL teams, and will be starting a company, GNB LLC, to manage his career.

Minneapolis attorney Lee Hutton, himself a former Minnesota football player, will help Brown in his efforts. “Everyone knows that Garrett is a very understanding and articulate young man, and that should help his image with the NFL,” Hutton said.

Former Prep Coach Richard Magdon agreed that one of Brown’s most valuable assets to a team is his personality.“He’s intelligent, and he’s not a problem,” Magdon said. “They’re not going to have to worry about him beating up his girlfriend. They’re not going to have to worry about him carrying a gun. He’s a good risk.”

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