ALBANY, GA (WALB) - Former Westover Patriot Trent Brown is starting in his first Super Bowl, for the another team of Patriots — the New England variety in the NFL.
Before Brown got his start as an offensive tackle in the NFL, he played football for Georgia Military College, and then for the Florida Gators.
The Albany native came to GMC in 2011 to play for Coach Bert Williams.
In 2015, he was drafted to the National Football League. He was selected by the San Francisco 49ers in the seventh round with the 244th overall pick of the 2015 NFL Draft.
Nearly four years later, Brown is competing for his first Super Bowl title with the New England Patriots.
Brown said he never had a backup plan, that he needed football to work.
“I never had a plan B, either football or basketball had to work, and luckily football did,” Brown said. “This is my first time even in the post season, period. It still hasn’t really hit me yet that I’m about to play in the Super Bowl but it’ll probably hit me Saturday night or early Sunday. It’s been a fun experience. Hopefully it won’t be my last.”
Brown said his time at Georgia Military College helped him evolve into the player he is today.
“I truly believe the things I learned there [at GMC] helped me get to where I am today,” Brown said. “I went there with the goal in mind that I was going to graduate, go to a D-1 university, then hopefully live out my dream of playing football. Now I am. GMC is definitely a second home and it forever will be.”
Williams said watching one of his former players go on to fulfill a career dream is both exciting and gratifying.
“It’s always great to see one of your former players continue on and be successful, especially so when they attain a level like the Super Bowl,” Williams said. “It is exciting and gratifying to know you had a part in his development, helping him make the transformation from high school athlete to collegiate."