Even though he has moved on to the next level, former Notre Dame safety Sergio Brown sees a lot of similarities between his college and professional days.
Early on in his college career in South Bend, Brown etched his role on special teams before starting 18 games in his final two seasons.
Brown went undrafted out of college and has spent both of his NFL seasons with the New England Patriots.
Special teams play was once again the constant for Brown during his initial season in Foxboro.
That role has expanded to the defensive side of the ball this season with Brown starting three games to start the 2011 season.
“In some way or form it feels like I’ve been through it before so that helps,” Brown says. “It gives you a one-up on preparation and just a way to go about the whole situation.”
Another similarity that Brown has found between his college and professional days is the national spotlight.
While at Notre Dame, Brown was on national television each game and now he will be seen worldwide on Sunday.
“Talking to the media and all the craziness at Notre Dame it’s similar to this but it’s nothing like the Super Bowl,” Brown said of the attention.
The safety has continued to make his greatest impact on special teams while playing sparingly in the defensive backfield.
During the Patriots playoff run, Brown says his phone has been ringing off the hook and he has had to cut his ticket allotment to his immediate family for the Super Bowl.
The thrill of playing in the Super Bowl hasn’t sunk in yet according to Brown but he hopes come Sunday evening he will be celebrating with all of his family and friends in downtown Indianapolis.
“I’m from Chicago so it’s not that far,” Brown said of the proximity. “A lot of people said they would be down in the area so that’s great. Hopefully after Sunday it will be a real good reunion.”
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