Georgia’s Marlon Brown: ‘Never unlucky, never unfortunate, just blessed’

Georgia senior receiver Marlon Brown was on his way to a huge season when a season-ending knee injury in the ninth game cut it short. He finished with 469 yards on the season and 851 and eight touchdowns in his career. (AJC photo by Brant Sanderlin)

Georgia senior receiver Marlon Brown was on his way to a huge season when a season-ending knee injury in the ninth game cut it short. He finished with 469 yards on the season and 851 and eight touchdowns in his career. (AJC photo by Brant Sanderlin)

Q&A WITH MARLON BROWN

ORLANDO, Fla. – There are some out there who might say that Marlon Brown’s career was a disappointment, that he didn’t live up to expectations. A 5-star signee out of Memphis, the 6-foot-5, 230-pound receiver never earned even All-SEC honorable mention honors or had 500 yards receiving in a season. But it could be argued that there is not a more beloved teammate among the Georgia Bulldogs than Brown, whose attitude on and off the field permeates everything he does.

Nowhere was that more evident than on Nov. 3 when Brown suffered a season-ending ACL injury in the third quarter against Ole Miss. Brown, the Bulldogs’ leading receiver at the time, was in the midst of a huge game. He’d just made his third catch for 113 yards when a defensive back came crashing into his left knee and twisted it to bring him down. The best season of his injury-marred career ended right at that moment, with 27 catches for 469 yards and four touchdowns.

“It was good from the very beginning,” Georgia coach Mark Richt said of Brown’s attidute. “I remember calling him not long after it happened and was expecting him to really be in the tank, but he wasn’t. He’s a mature man now and he knows it’s not so much what happens to you but how you handle it. He’s handled it very well. Ron (Courson) said he has been phenomenal as far as his rehab. I don’t think there’s any doubt he’ll be back really healthy and have a good chance to be drafted and have a chance to play NFL football. He ws having a wonderful season. It’s just a shame that he got hurt, for him and for us, too. We missed him.”

Brown took a moment before one of the Bulldogs’ Capital One Bowl practices to talk about his rehab and reflect on the career he’s had at Georgia. . . .

Q: So how do you spend your time these days?

A: “I usually just wake up and go right to rehab, first thing in the morning. I go out to practice and I lift weights. It’s been the same routine for the pasyt six weeks now.”

Q: Everybody on the team talks about what a great attitude you’ve had throughout this ordeal. What would you say is your philosophy?

A: “Things happen in life. You’ve just got to get over it. Right now I tore my ACL. I can’t be too sad about it. I was sad about it when it happened, but by the next day I was working, trying to make it better. Usually in life you have to overcome things and right now I’m trying to stay positive and take it one day at a time.”

Q: How do you think it might affect your pro prospects?

A: “I’ve put up some good film for the scouts to look at and see what I can do. I feel like I should be good.”

Q: What is the timeline on your recovery?

A: “I should be running and jogging in February. By April or May I should be doing stuff on the field again.”

Q: How are you going to remember your career?

A: “To be honest, I’m going to reflect on it as I went out there every day and worked hard. At the end of the day, that’s all I could ask for out of myself. I feel like from my freshman year to my senior year, I’ve stepped up and made plays when my team needed me to.”

Q: Do you think of yourself as unlucky, or unfortunate?

A: “Never unlucky, never unfortunate. I’m very blessed to be at the University of Georgia, to even be in college. I just roll with the punches.”

Q: What do you recall of the play on which you were injured?

A: “The only thing I remember is catching the ball. I saw him coming and I was either going to cut back or keep going down the sideline. By the time I got hit, I thought it was just a regular little hit, like somebody grabbed my leg. I’m a pretty big guy and guys are always tackling my legs. I thought it was a normal hit. But when I leaned up to get up, I couldn’t get up. I thought it was a little sprain. I didn’t believe it was an ACL.”

Q: What’s your plan going forward?

A: “I’ll be in Athens rehabbing ’til April.”

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35 comments Add your comment

Buckeye

December 30th, 2012
11:36 am

Buckeye

December 30th, 2012
11:36 am

mrcvsjr

December 30th, 2012
11:37 am

I made it here 1st. Good luck to you and your future endeavors M. Brown.

Granthams The Man!

December 30th, 2012
11:38 am

Get well soon Marlon. You will always be a DGD!

Buckeye

December 30th, 2012
11:41 am

11:39 IMPOSTOR

Buckeye

December 30th, 2012
11:42 am

Timing is everything.

doug dawg

December 30th, 2012
11:47 am

why aren’t people like ‘buckeye’ banned? i mean ‘freedom of speech’ can only go so far. hate is hate.

sflanagan21

December 30th, 2012
12:03 pm

DGD! Good luck in your future MB and thanks for your hard work and dedication as a Dawg!

Bulldawg Rick

December 30th, 2012
12:25 pm

Love your attitude Marlon!! You will be remembered as a DGD!!

GodSpeed to you in your rehab…
Graduate…
Do well in your workouts..
Have a nice career at the next level!!!

Athens

December 30th, 2012
12:38 pm

“Buckeye” is probably 15 years old. “Put in Timeout” (the former 5150 POAD) is over 50; we know this for sure. The first in immaturaty we might expect. The latter is just plain sad…

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Hunker down

December 30th, 2012
12:54 pm

I still remember the day you announce you were going to be a Dawg! Kudo’s to grandmother for helping tear you to CMR. I think it as the right decision and a good match. I am sorry for the injury as you were starting to really hit your stride but know you wil bounce back with such a positive attitude. Best wishes to you and a speedy recovery. You have represented UGA well and very proud of all your accomplishments. God bless MB.

Max Sizemore

December 30th, 2012
2:18 pm

No, Chip, the Ole Miss defensive back twisted Marlon’s knee AFTER he was down; if you don’t believe me, watch the video. It was a deliberate attempt to injure. Why that kid (No. 3?) wasn’t suspended by the league, I cannot imagine.

James in Amelia Island , Florida

December 30th, 2012
2:24 pm

Great attitude by a fine young man.. Wishing you the best. Dawg Fans appreciate your work at UGA. You will do well in life with hard work and such a great attitude. Life is not about your circumstances but what you make of them.
GOD Bless you.
Go Dawgs!

AdMan

December 30th, 2012
2:33 pm

Buckeye…..you’re nothing more than a prick. You think you got all the answers but everyone’s laughing at you behind your back. How old are you…nine.? Ten? You’re certainly not married….what woman would want to live with someone who thinks he knows it all?…..Go away little boy…we don’t care what you think!

1969 Graduate

December 30th, 2012
2:51 pm

Mr. Brown has been a credit to the team and the University. I very much enjoyed watching him play the game, and I enjoy hearing about his good work ethic and attitude.

Go, Bulldogs!

bubba4dawgs

December 30th, 2012
3:14 pm

Marlon, your attitude will do wonders for you in life! Thank you for your outstanding play in your career and I know there is a lot more to come! Best of luck with your rehab and successful return to the playing field! We’re looking forward to seeing you again!!

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dap01

December 30th, 2012
4:07 pm

Thank Marlon Brown. You were a great Bulldawg.

Milledgeville Dawg

December 30th, 2012
4:39 pm

CLASS Act!!!!

Vampire Bill

December 30th, 2012
4:43 pm

yep Class act and DGD

Vince

December 30th, 2012
5:15 pm

What a Classy guy!!! Thanks for being a DAWG Marlon.

Buckeye

December 30th, 2012
5:24 pm

I actually quit following Ohio St. as monitoring the bulldog blogs and being among the first to comment is my life’s work now. It is vitally important to spend my waking hours throwing rocks and mud at UGA fans. Given the fevered rivalry between Ohio St and UGA my motives make all the sense in the world.

BG

December 30th, 2012
5:56 pm

Marlon Brown is a DGD!

Outer Banks Dawg

December 31st, 2012
1:28 am

I think Buckeye is actually Kirk Herbstreit…. He’s still pissed he sucked too bad to beat the Dawgs.

Nice season. What time is you guys bowl game? I’d hate to miss it.

Now on to important matters:

Thanks to Marlon Brown for showing a great attitude. Sure would’ve loved to have had him and Michael Bennett vs Bama. I think people underestimate the loss of MIchael Bennett on the last practice before the SC game and the effect that had on Aaron Murray… Losing Brown hurt bad too. both those guys are tall and caused serious problems for defenses. We needed those guys. It’s a shame that injuries play such a big part in football. But it is what it is.

Hope to see you making big plays on Sundays, Marlon! Can’t wait for Michael Bennett to suit back up for the Dawgs next year. I like the direction of our program. We need to shut the haters up with ZERO offseason issues and suspensions. If we can do that, I like our chances to come back strong next year!

Go Dawgs!

NCDAWG

December 31st, 2012
8:16 am

I would like to request that the AJC hold this Q&A in permanent archive to be trotted out whenever the sad little turds that call UGA players thugs rear their pathetic little heads on these blogs. Marlon Brown is not an exception but he is exceptional. DGD. The world still has a chance when we have quality young men like this walking the planet.

bucket

December 31st, 2012
9:08 am

Thanks for doing this article Chip and giving everyone an update on a DGD, Marlon Brown. UGA had a great season and was oh so close to the elusive MNC. Bennett and Brown wouldn’t have helped the run defense, but with them UGA may have scored enough points to overcome.

Dawg Fud

December 31st, 2012
10:11 am

Sending my very best to Marlon and his family. Thank you for everything!

Marlon Brown = DGD

me

December 31st, 2012
10:18 am

MB is a stud.

The Dogfather

December 31st, 2012
10:54 am

There should be a bullseye on that punk from ole miss. Thanks Marlon Brown its a great to know you will be a big dawg for life

Marvelous Marlon Brown is .......

December 31st, 2012
12:48 pm

Marlon Brown since he signed with UGA has been a fan favorite. This season he was facing his best year at UGA. Things do happen and if this young man does keep this MARVELOUS, POSITIVE outlook, he will do very well.

Thank you for your contributions to UGA.

UGA man, class of 71&73

Chip

December 31st, 2012
1:04 pm

Wasn’t the knee twist done by the same OM player who was suspended earlier in the year for targeting?

sflanagan21

December 31st, 2012
4:46 pm

Buckeye just maybe Kirk Herbstreit….That Florida Citrus Bowl back in 93 still hurts huh Herby!

Put in Timeout by Ken Suguira,Filtered by Mark Bradley, Banned by Bill King, Chip Towers & only slightly loved by Jeff Schultz.

December 31st, 2012
7:03 pm

well it is good thing coach Richt taught him about Christ. He learned SOMETHING during his time at UGa then I guess. If you can’t be Blessed with NFL money then just be Blessed in the life you are living.

Top Row Dawg

January 3rd, 2013
8:53 am

Thanks Marlon…Damn good Dog. Saved us at Vandy last year. Big catches at Missouri this year. Good luck in Pros.