A 1978 Holdrege High School graduate, Brown turned down multiple scholarship offers from other schools, including a football and track package from Iowa State, to walk on with the Nebraska football team.
"My favorite sport was football. It was just a boys sport," he once told the Kearney Hub. "It's high energy. It’s a little bit scary.
"If you’re not paying attention, you can just get knocked out. There’s something about that scariness and that masculine thing with contact. That’s what attracted me to it."
The 150-pound walk-on became an integral part of the Husker offense. The three-year starter ranked in the top 10 in receptions and yards by the time he left in 1982.
A sixth-round pick (No. 154 overall) by the Detroit Lions in 1983, Brown never saw action in the NFL after electing to play in the Canadian Football League, where he said he earned more money than he would have made in the League. He played five seasons in the CFL, gaining 1,928 yards and scoring six times.
The former walk-on left Nebraska having totaled 1,092 yards and 12 touchdowns on 65 receptions over three seasons.
Brown was No. 88 on The World-Herald's 2015 ranking of the state's greatest athletes of all time.
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