Five-star cornerback Tony Brown (Beaumont, Texas/Ozen High) was presented his honorary game jersey on Friday during the American Family Insurance Selection Tour for the 2014 Under Armour All-America High School Football Game at Ozen High School in Beaumont, Texas.
Brown, No. 13 in the ESPN 300, is one of 90 players selected to compete in the seventh-annual Under Armour All-America Game on Jan. 2 at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, Fla. It will be televised on ESPN at 4 p.m. ET.
“First thank, I want to sincerely thank Under Armour and American Family Insurance for presenting me with this amazing opportunity today,” Brown said. “This prestigious opportunity today to participate in one of the mostly highly sought out games in high school, so thank y’all and I’m just extremely blessed to be playing in this game.”
Ozen High head coach Keeath Magee knows how big of an honor this is for not only Brown, but for Southeast Texas and the Ozen community.
“All-star games in high school have gotten bigger and bigger over the years, and the Under Armour Game is a great game, and probably the best out there in my opinion,” he said. “These opportunities don’t come along all the time, so it’s absolutely and unquestionably a tremendous honor that Ozen High School in Southeast Texas has a young man that is going to go to Florida and represent Ozen, represent his family, represent Southeast Texas and represent this community.”
For Brown, all of the hard work has paid off, and now he will get to take the next step in following in the footsteps of current NFL stars who played in the Under Armour All-America Game.
“To be selected an Under Armour All-American … it means a lot to me. As soon as I saw the game six or seven years ago when I was in the seventh or eighth grade, I promised myself I would play in one of the games,” Brown said. “To get to where I got today, it took a tremendous amount of hard work. Anybody that’s successful will tell you the same thing. You don’t just wake up one day and are successful, it comes from days and weeks and months of training to accomplish a goal.
“To follow in the footsteps of Pro Bowl players like A.J. Green and Julio Jones … I mean like I said, it’s a privilege and I’m very blessed to be given this opportunity to use it as a stepping stone to do what they did to make it to the next level.”
The 6-foot, 196-pound Brown is the No. 4 cornerback in the class. He is considering LSU, Alabama, Texas A&M, Florida State, Ohio State and Texas.