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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