'I am going to lead by example'

Q&a Jason Brown

October 22, 2008|By EDWARD LEE

Describe the transition from guard to center for you.

You have a lot of responsibilities, like knowing the defenses and making the offensive line calls. On top of that, it's twice as hard having to learn a new offense under [offensive coordinator] Cam Cameron. He has a very in-depth playbook.

What is one of the more challenging aspects of your role?

At tackle [which Brown played during his freshman year at North Carolina], the defensive lineman is several feet away from you. At center, he's about 5 inches away from you. They can crowd the ball, and that makes a big difference because you're at the point of attack, and everything happens very quickly at the center position. At tackle, you have fast defensive guys out there, but you can also put yourself in position to be successful out there. At center, it's happening right here, right now.

Would you rather have a Super Bowl ring or a Hall of Fame bust?

Super Bowl. It's the epitome of team. To me, it's a lot harder to win a championship than it is to get yourself into the Hall of Fame. That's not to say that I don't want to be a Hall of Famer. That is a goal of mine, make it to my first Pro Bowl and then take the next steps. But right now, it's all about a championship.

What was your welcome-to-the-NFL moment?

I think it was the first game I started in Denver [on Dec. 11, 2005, at left guard]. The altitude was so high, I was honestly having trouble breathing. Also, I turned my ankle when I was out there. There's preparation, and then there's the real deal where there's live ammunition and real bullets. That's exactly what that was.

What do you remember of the only touchdown you have scored in your college and professional career?

That was against Texas in my sophomore year of college. Actually, I kind of cheated. One of my fellow offensive linemen actually had the ball [after recovering a fumble in the end zone] at the bottom of the pile, but I snatched it away from him. I think I received credit for that. I snatched it away from Jupiter Wilson. He's a very good friend of mine.

As the offensive lineman with the most starts [35] as a Raven, do you feel like a leader out there?

It's something I've grown into. I've always tried to lead through example and not always vocally. There have been several instances recently that have arisen and allowed me to lead more vocally, and I've taken those opportunities.

But mostly, I am going to lead by example. That's my leadership style.

What was the biggest adjustment you had to make when your son JW Jason Brown was born last year?

I try to take pride in putting others before myself, but he takes it to a whole other level. Everything about him has to be put before you. One morning, I got up because he was starting to cry. The first thing that I do is get up and brush my teeth. I wanted to go brush my teeth real quick, but my wife said: 'Your teeth are going to have to wait. You go to him first.' I was like, 'Yeah, but what about my personal hygiene?' She said: 'It doesn't matter. You take care of him first and then you come second.'

What's the best nickname you've had? And the worst?

In college, I was 'J-Bama' for all of the country stories I had. We would hunt not just for regular game, but also for raccoons and stuff like that at nighttime. A nickname that I hated when I was younger and that I made everyone stop calling me was 'Whammy.' There was a game show [called Press Your Luck] and my family said I would go up to the television and smack the screen, saying, 'Whammy, whammy, whammy, whammy.' So they gave me that nickname.

You're stuck on an island with one CD, one DVD and one book. What are they?

That book would have to be the Holy Bible. I believe it was one of our American presidents who said that a good understanding of the Holy Bible is comparable to a college education. [Theodore Roosevelt said, "A thorough knowledge of the Bible is worth more than a college education."] The DVD would have to be the memorial service of my brother [Lunsford, an Army soldier who died in a mortar attack in Iraq five years ago]. It was amazing, and I'm thankful for it. The CD would have to be Stevie Wonder and Songs in the Key of Life.

In the movie The Life of Jason Brown , who would play Jason Brown and who would play your wife, Tay?

Dwayne Johnson, The Rock. As for my wife, you have to think of a strong woman who is smart and savvy and driven. I would have to say someone like Angela Bassett.

EDWARD LEE

ABOUT THIS SERIES

Each Wednesday we'll bring you a Q&A with a Ravens player to help you learn a little more about the team. Today's guest is center Jason Brown, who has helped open holes for the Ravens' sixth-ranked run offense. Brown discusses life as a center, the only touchdown he has scored and the worst nickname he has ever been saddled with.

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