DON’T EXPECT BEAUMONT OZEN senior Tony Brown to tell you he’s the second-best high school cornerback in the nation.
“In my mind, I always feel I’m the best player,”
Brown says. “It’s how I was raised – to believe in
myself through practice, training, and in games.”
Brown will have a difficult time finding someone to tell him he’s not the best. The 6-foot- 1,
185-pound safety has the speed and shutdown
skills to be a potential first-round pick in the
NFL draft when his time comes. This spring, he
posted the nation’s fastest time in the 110-me-
ter hurdles at 13. 38 seconds, which was fast
enough to win the Texas Relays.
“Ever since I watched my first football game,
my goal has been to play football in the NFL,”
Brown says. “And ever since I watched my first
track meet, my goal was to go to the Olympics.
That should be anybody’s goal. If you play tennis, you should want to win Wimbledon. If you
play golf, you should want to win the Masters.”
Brown’s father, Tony Brown, played college
football at Purdue and Texas Tech and introduced
his son to the game “right out of the womb,” according to the Beaumont Ozen senior. The father
coached his son all through the youth level all
the way to high school, where he served as the
defensive coordinator until last season. Last
August, the coach suffered a massive stroke,
putting his future at Beaumont Ozen in jeopardy.
“My dad has been my coach all my life,” Tony
Brown says. “I was always good at corner grow-
ing up, and he told me I could contribute right
away as a freshman. I was always the fastest,
and I could always hit hard.”
Brown recorded 95 tackles, one interception,
and 14 passes defensed as a freshman. As a
sophomore, he had 96 tackles, three intercep-
tions and 16 passes defensed. By his junior
year, opposing teams were ignoring Brown’s
side of the field. He recorded 46 tackles, four
forced fumbles and one interception.
“My number one advantage is that I’ve been
around football all my life,” Brown says. “My dad
played corner, so it’s in my blood. My second
advantage is my work ethic. There’s no better
feeling than lining up across from a receiver,
knowing I’ve worked harder than him.”
Brown will certainly have his choice of col-
leges, but before that, he plans to finish off his
high school career with some historic moments.
“My goals are very general,” Brown says. “I
want to set state records in track. Whatever
the interception record is in the state, I want to
break that. But I realize my personal goals are
very trivial. I want to lead my teams to States.”
It is a refreshing view for a young person to
hold. Then again, Allen-Williams and his civic-
mindedness align perfectly with his career am-
bitions, D.A. dreams and all.