Wednesday, July 16, 2014
The Brothers Grimm couldn’t craft a better fairy tale.
Undrafted free agent gets cut not once, but twice, only to be reinstated to the active roster as the playoffs start, and he rides the wave all the way to a Super Bowl win, a world championship, a football card, and a Super Bowl ring.
For Omar Brown of the Baltimore Ravens, about to enter his third season as a professional football player, he calls that simply “Last Sunday.”
Brown came back to Moncks Corner to help out former teammates Andre and Bruce Ellington with their inaugural Ellington Elite football camp.
Omar was one of five NFL players volunteering as camp counselers and probably the one with the most difficult road ahead of him in trying to make the Ravens’ 53-man roster at the end of August.
But Omar is the only one of the five with a Super Bowl ring.
He’s been through the ringer twice before and he doesn’t let the stress or pressure get to him. He knows the game now and knows if he doesn’t make it this time there’s still the practice squad.
Wikipedia.com said Brown earned a cool $570,000 in 2013 and has four NFL games to show on his football card.
For the former Berkeley Stags and Marshall Thundering Herd star, he just wants to have fun and enjoy himself.
“I had a pretty good spring and summer so far has gone well,” he said. “I’m working out and I believe I’ve done well during training camp. I just need to see how this plays out. It’s been a blast, though.”
Younger brother Kory Brown was also a camp instructor. Brown just finished up his football career at Kentucky, but with a year of eligibility left, he’s not throwing in the towel just yet.
“I have some ideas,” he said, “So we’ll see.”
Baby brother Evan McKelvey has already inherited Omar’s number 31 for the Thundering Herd and looks to start for Marshall this fall.
Of the three brothers, McKelvey is the biggest standing 6-1 and weighing 225 pounds.
Omar Brown has his own number 31 now, which is a good sign when it comes to snagging a roster spot.
Ravens management like him.
So do Ravens fans.
“I just want to work hard, do my best and have fun,” he said.