Wednesday, February 6, 2013
There are so many things to say about Super Bowl XLVII and how it jades my current opinion of pro football, but none of these things matter anymore because Omar is bringing home a ring.
Omar is Berkeley’s own Omar Brown, an undrafted Baltimore Ravens rookie free agent out of Marshall who was activated in November and remained active throughout the playoffs.
Baltimore downed the San Francisco 49ers 34-31 in Super Bowl XLVII and Omar Brown was a member of the Ravens’ active roster for the game.
He’s getting a ring.
Brown is the second Berkeley County native to appear in a Super Bowl in the last two years.
In 2012, Timberland’s Tracy White played in Super Bowl XLVI as a member of the New England Patriots who lost to the New York Giants 21-17.
But this year belongs to Omar Brown and he’s bringing a ring home to Berkeley.
I’ve been in this business a long time and until I moved to Berkeley County the closest I came to covering anybody that made it to the major college ranks in anything was Matt Causey, a Gainesville, Ga. point guard who played for Georgetown and Georgia Tech. Matt had a regulation size basketball court built in his basement growing up. But that was it. We had one high school athlete play college football that was front page news at the last paper for which I wrote. That’s all.
In 2012 on National Signing Day there were so many athletes signing college scholarships that the school board had to move the ceremony from its meeting room to the auditorium at Berkeley High School.
And the list of big name athletes that hit the national stage that call Berkeley County home is as long as my arm.
Bruce and Andre. Kalana Green. Usha Gilmore. Ryan Stewart. Tracy White. And now Omar Brown.
I know I’ve left out more names than I included but this is just a random sampling of the talent found here.
Omar calls the Kitfield community in Moncks Corner home. He had a rough childhood by normal childhood standards but as his mom Stella McKelvey said before leaving for New Orleans on Friday to watch her son play, “This has been an incredible journey. It’s been a difficult journey at times, but we are blessed now. Omar has worked hard and he deserves this.”
Omar Brown is where he is because of hard work, and like little brother Kory said, “Omar didn’t just deserve his, he earned this.”
I missed seeing Omar play at Berkeley. I didn’t get here until Jan. 2008 and he was already at Marshall by then.
But I did get to see his brothers play and never saw anybody hit harder than those two.
Kory Brown plays at Kentucky now and Evan McKelvey followed Omar to Marshall, and maybe they will get their NFL shot one day.
Omar Brown grabbed his brass ring, only this ring turned out to be the Super Bowl kind.