3 February 2012
One year of high school football.
That is all Giants offensive tackle James Brewer needed to earn a plethora of major Division 1 scholarships before ultimately signing with Indiana University.
A basketball player early in his high school career, Brewer said Arlington High School Athletic Director Larry Nicks convinced the 6-foot 8-inch senior to hit the gridiron for his final year.
With only one year of game film to show potential suitors, Brewer is curious what might have happened if he put the pads on earlier in his career.
“I do wonder, but at the same I think it worked out it how it was supposed to,” Brewer said of playing just one year of high school football. “I think if anything I probably could have gotten some more exposure at the high school level but I definitely wouldn’t have changed anything.”
Brewer battled injuries at IU but started 21 games in his final two seasons before being drafted in the fourth round of the 2011 NFL Draft.
Returning to Indianapolis this weekend, Brewer is perfectly fine with the circumstances he is under in coming home.
“To be back home for a cause such as the Super Bowl as opposed to coming home because the season is over is an added bonus,” Brewer said.
Along with linebacker Mathias Kiwanuka, Brewer makes up the only two Indianapolis natives in the Super Bowl
“My mother works downtown so I was able to go hangout with her and see her yesterday,” Brewer said. “It’s just nice to be home in a comfortable setting.”
Five years ago Brewer was getting his first taste of competitive football and now the rookie has the chance to play for the Lombardi Trophy in his hometown.
“My main focus was first making the team and learning as much as I could,” Brewer said. “Coming out of the lockout I wasn’t even thinking about the Super Bowl, I was thinking I’ve got to learn my plays. The past couple of weeks have truly been really awesome.”
Posted by: Kevin Bowen
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