Number 23 in white and blue is not necessarily a football fan. ”I don’t watch a lot of football to be honest,” says Jamie Brown. Despite not spending his Monday, Thursday, Saturday and Sunday afternoons and nights watching college and professional football the Chambers Academy senior tight end and defensive end has been an integral part of what is now a really good Rebel football team. Did I mention he also plays third base and pitches for the baseball team? With baseball being his favorite sport, he’s a numbers guy, more on that later.
Brown is a senior leader by every definition and is enjoying his final football season. “I think we have a strong team with a lot of potential,” he says. “My job is to keep everybody playing to their best ability and to not lose sight of our goal which is to win a championship.” His coach Jason Allen trust him to do those things and more. “Jamie is a great kid and student, says Allen, who is also the school’s Athletic Director. He has really come into his own during his senior year.”
At 6’5” he is a huge target on offense and a headache for opponents as a defensive end. Brown leads the team with four sacks and has even grabbed an interception this season. When asked if he wants to take his physical style of play to the next level he was quick with his response: “No, I don’t think so but I do plan on attending Southern Union State Community College in Wadley [next year].” The foundation of Brown’s focus and versatility comes from hard work and that work ethic comes from his parents Jonathan and Lyn. Having a little brother at home (Chambers Academy 6th grader Jacob, who is currently wreaking havoc on pee wee football fields near you) puts Brown in the position to be a role model on and more importantly off the field.
With the regular season winding down and just two games remaining before the AISA playoffs the humble Brown knows he has much more to work on as a player headed into his final high school postseason. “I could always play better, said Brown. But I think I improved a lot over the years.” His five tackles on Friday during the Rebel’s 41-14 win over South Montgomery County Academy once again demonstrating his effort and contribution to Chambers Academy’s current success. Brown has 49 tackles, a team high five sacks and an interception through eight games this season.
Jamie’s favorite class is Math which is taught by his favorite teacher Ms.Taylor and he’s already doing the arithmetic on the Rebel baseball team for next Spring. “We have a lot of new players and a lot more talent than we’ve had before.” Whether he’s playing football or baseball, defensive end or tight end, third base or toeing the rubber, when you do the math Jamie Brown is going to be a winner.