2020 NFL Draft Prospect Interview: Fred Brown, DL, Southeastern Louisiana
- Name: Fred Brown
- Height: 6010
- Weight: 265
- Position: DL
- College: Southeastern Louisiana University
- Twitter: @fred_ahfooo
Tell us about your hometown, and what you love most about it?
• My hometown is Luling, La. It’s a small city on the outerskirts of New Orleans. I really enjoyed that the town was kind of small so many people were familiar with each other and supportive in ways.
List these three in order of importance and why: Film Study, Strength and Conditioning and Practice?
• First strength and conditioning, practice, and film study. Strength and conditioning is first because I feel you have to be in your best shape to perform top tier. Practice is next because that’s when physical meets the mental. You have to them both together to do things such as run and learn plays, be mistake free when fatigued, and make smart decisions on the field. Last but not least, film study. Film study is all mental and it’s important that you study and learn yourself, and your opponents.
What do you worry about, and why?
• I worry about not being able to support my family financially because I feel that I fail as a man if I don’t bring the essential needs home to take care of them.
Give me an example of when you failed at something. How did you react and how did you overcome failure?
• I time I failed is when I failed my first college conditioning test. It felt like the hardest thing in the world to me. I felt so unaccomplished. I didn’t let it discourage me that first summer. I just knew if I kept running and getting myself into better shape, I would get better results the next time. So that’s what I did the next 3 weeks and then passed the test on my second attempt.
What do your teammates say is your best quality?
• My teammates say my best quality is my attitude. They always tell me that I’m always in a good mood and always got a smile on my face. I tend to believe it’s contagious because I feel it sometimes helps their mood or approach on the day.
Who is the best player you have ever played against in college?
• The best player I have went against in college was Saquon Barkley. He was at Penn State when I played for Purdue.
What would your career be if you couldn’t play football?
• If I couldn’t be a football player my career would involve striving to own small businesses, investing, and being a speaker to young kids to keep them on the right path.
Room, desk, and car – which do you clean first?
• If I had to choose which one I’d do first, I’d choose to clean my room first.
If there was a disaster and you could either save three strangers or one family member, which would you choose and why?
• I would choose my family member. Not as a selfish act, but an action of morals. One thing I’m big on is protecting and being loyal to my family.
If you could be any television or movie character, who would you be and why?
• I would have to choose Spiderman. I have always admired him as a kid and had dreams that I was him. Plus the spidey senses and web flinging would be kind of cool.
Tell me about your biggest adversity in life and how you’ve dealt with or overcome it?
• The biggest adversity I’ve faced, I would have to say was losing my father. It came at a very unfortunate time in life and I just had lost a sense of direction. There was nothing I could do about him being gone, so I knew I had to man up and take on his responsiblities at home and as the rock of the family.
What is your most embarrassing moment?
• The most embarrasing moment I would have to say is when I was in 6th grade and my “barber” did a really bad job on my haircut. When I got to school everyone laughed at my hair and asked who did this to you.
What was the most memorable play of your collegiate career?
• My most memorable collegiate play would probably be when I got my first collegiate sack against Sam Houston in a Homecoming game. It just felt so great getting my first one because I wanted it so bad.
What song best describes your work ethic?
• I say the song H.A.M by Jay Z and Kanye West best describes my work ethic. The song talks about going hard and that’s what I do when it’s time to work.
What is the most important trait you can have (Physical or Non-Physical) to help you succeed at the next level?
• I can say the most important trait is consistency. You have to stick with the work to get the pay off. Consistency is important also because you have to consistently do things right so that they become a norm to you.
If you could bring one person back from the dead for one day, who would it be and why?
• I would bring back my father just so he can see where I am in life and enjoy this part of my life with me. I would also like more of his guidance at this age.
If you were to open a dance club, what would you name it?
• If I was to open a dance club I would call it The Kut. I feel it would be simple and catchy.
Who is the most underrated player in the NFL?
• I think that Frank Clark is the most underrated in the NFL.
Would you rather be liked or respected, and why?
• I would rather be respected because respect is something that I prioritize. Respect also is something that affects self-esteem.
What player who had his career derailed by off-field issues do you feel for the most and why?
• I would say Shawn Oakman just because I feel that he was on the right path and made some nice plays until he was caught up in something he couldn’t get out of. He was one of the players I watched so that’s why I would say I feel for him.
Do you love to win, or hate to lose?
• I would say a little bit of both but mostly, I hate to lose. Losing just never sits well on my conscience. It eats me up until I win.
Who has been the biggest influence on your life and explain why?
• The biggest influence on my life would have to be my mom. I have watched her stand strong in so many uneasy situations. She has taught me the meaning of hardwork, persistence, courage, love, and respect.