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The chance of a lifetime

Football was the one constant in Derrian Brown’s life, until it wasn’t. Thankfully, his story doesn’t end there.
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Derrian Brown’s present and future revolved around football. How he responded when it was taken away revealed his true character.

Derrian Brown graduated from the University of Texas this May after four years on a football scholarship even though he never played in a single college game.

Ever since he was 6 years old, he’s been setting records as big as 28 touchdowns in 10 games. Taking after his dad, who played high school football, Derrian fell in love with the sport, not knowing how far he would go.

After many broken bones and his uncle passing, he knew that nothing was here to stay the same way football was.

He came to the university for one reason but loves it for so many more now.

He got to high school, still dedicated to the game, still playing in small town Buford, Ga. But he had opportunities just in his reach. With 40 colleges offering scholarships, the sky was the limit.

Brown committed to the University of Texas, knowing his D1 career was just beginning.

Then, on Sept. 31, 2019, he had a stroke. He hasn’t played since.

Freshman year was stocked with physical therapy and the desire to get back on the field. When spring arrived, he thought he was ready, but the doctors didn’t. The risk of playing a contact sport like football was too high, Derrian was put on medical scholarship.

It’s the sound of the crowd cheering his name that he misses. It’s the traveling around the country and bonding with the teammates that he missed out on. He never got to show himself to the world.

It’s staying positive that got him through it. One day at a time, one year at a time. He came to the university for one reason but loves it for so many more now. Instead of focusing on football, he was able to become a better man, student and supporter. But graduation has come, and it’s unreal for him.

While training and practicing every day, Derrian hopes that one day his opportunity will return. He just might have the chance after graduation to find the place for him.

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