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Caldwell Fellows and alumni came together in the Brickyard this weekend to turn scrap planks of plywood into a red lean-to for the 22nd annual Shack-a-Thon, a weeklong fundraiser for Habitat for Humanity of Wake County.
Beginning Monday, the shack became a temporary home for participating Caldwell Fellows. In addition to manning their shack during the day, the Fellows will take turns spending the night until the event ends at 5 p.m. Friday.
Julia Rao and Ryan O’Donnell pass time in the Caldwell Fellows’ shack.
Julia Rao, a sophomore in mechanical engineering, helped build the shack on Sunday and was one of the first to staff it on Monday.
“When we started we had absolutely no plan,” Rao says. “I’m impressed we were able to make it look this good.”
Ryan O’Donnell, a junior in business administration, joined Rao in the shack. Looking up from his Chinese homework, he mentioned that this year’s shack is slightly larger than those in previous years. “We’ll be able to fit more people in it, that’s for sure,” he says.
According to Shack-a-Thon rules, each organization’s shack must be manned by at least two students at all times and can be no larger than 12-by-12 feet.
Last year, the Fellows raised about $3,400 and placed third behind the first-place Poole College of Management and second-place College of Natural Resources. According to Summer Higdon, a senior in wildlife biology and leader of the Caldwell Fellows’ Shack-a-Thon effort, the group hopes to raise $4,000 this week through in-person and online donations.
In addition to collecting donations, the group will raffle off donated gift certificates and coupons from local restaurants.
Higdon says she plans on spending most of her free time in the shack this week. “Everyone seems really excited about it,” she says. “It’s more exciting when you can see it there and you think ‘oh I get to live in this shack, that’s really cool.’”
To contribute to Habitat for Humanity through the Caldwell Fellows, visit 2013ncsushack.kintera.org.
– Alex Sanchez
The Caldwell Fellows program is an intensive leadership-development scholarship program that was created by the Alumni Association to honor the legacy of Chancellor John T. Caldwell.
The Alumni Association is honoring 21 NC State professors with the 2013 Faculty Awards for their outstanding work in the classroom, in the laboratory and in the field. We talked (via email) with some of the recipients about their work and the keys to being a successful professor.
Today we’re visiting with Michelle Harrolle, an assistant professor in the Department of Parks, Recreation and Tourism Management in the College of Natural Resources. Harrolle is one of seven professors being recognized as Alumni Association Outstanding Teachers.
What prompted you to become a professor? I love teaching and always have. Thinking back to my childhood, my friends and I would play school and I always wanted to be the teacher. Teaching is in my nature and a part of who I am. My road to becoming a professor began in 2006 when I was a collegiate head swimming coach at Providence College. I realized I enjoyed the teaching aspects of being a college coach.
What are the keys to being a successful teacher/professor? First and foremost, I believe teachers truly need to care about their students. I always want to see my students succeed. The second most important part of my success has been my willingness to change and adapt. As society changes, so do our student. I enjoy adapting my teaching techniques (e.g., encouraging students to use laptop and tablets in class) and developing strategies to improve my teaching and student engagement (e.g., using student response systems in class).
What gives you the greatest satisfaction as a professor? When students are critically thinking and they have that “a-ha” moment, I am a very happy professor. I love it when former students come back after graduation and tell me they have used financial ratios and break-even analysis within their professions.
NC State University, the Wolfpack Club and the Alumni Association will recognize some of NC State’s greatest stars tonight at Prestonwood Country Club in Cary, N.C., honoring 18 alumni and friends of the university for their professional and personal accomplishments and their continuing support of NC State, the Wolfpack Club and the Alumni Association.
The honorees at the 9th Annual NC State Evening of Stars are:
COLLEGE DISTINGUISHED AWARD RECIPIENTS
Tommy Bunn ’66, College of Agriculture and Life Sciences: Bunn, president of the U.S. Tobacco Cooperative, has spent more than 45 years in the tobacco industry. He got his start growing tobacco on his family farm, then went on to work for 21 years as executive vice president of the Leaf Tobacco Exporters Association and the Tobacco Association of the United States. He also worked in the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the N.C. Department of Agriculture, and was a charter member and chairman of the Golden Leaf Foundation Board of Directors.
Charlie Stuber ’65 PhD, College of Agriculture and Life Sciences: For more than 35 years, Stuber held a joint appointment as a genetics professor at NC State and a research geneticist with the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Agricultural Research Service. Stuber then came out of retirement to return to NC State in 2006 to develop and direct the Center for Plant Breeding and Applied Plant Genomics. The USDA Agricultural Research Service named him the Outstanding Scientist of the Year in 1989 and inducted Stuber into their Science Hall of Fame in 1989.
Steven Schuster ’73, College of Design: Schuster is the founding principal of Clearscapes, a full-service architectural design firm in Raleigh. Under Schuster’s leadership, Clearscapes has been recognized with more than 75 design awards and worked on such notable projects as the Marbles Kids Museum in Raleigh, the Haw River Ball Room, the Raleigh Convention Center and the Contemporary Art Museum. Schuster is also a national leader in the historic preservation community. He serves on the Board of Visitors at NC State.
Robert Bridges ’70 MED, College of Education: Bridges taught sixth grade and then high school in Wake County before becoming principal at Crosby-Garfield Elementary School. He then went on to work in Wake County’s central office as a director, assistant superintendent and deputy superintendent before becoming the superintendent in 1984. After five years leading the state’s second largest public school system, Bridges went on to become provost at St. Augustine College in Raleigh, and then worked as an education and management consultant and chaired the N.C. Advisory Commission on Raising Achievement and Closing Gaps.
Stephen Angel, ’77, College of Engineering: Angel is chair, president and CEO of Praxair, Inc., a Fortune 300 company that ranks as the largest industrial gases producer and distributor in North and South America, with sales of $11 billion in 2011. Before joining Praxair, Angel spent more than two decades at GE, most recently as general manager of the company’s $2 billion power equipment business. He serves on the board of directors of the U.S.-China Business Council and PPG Industries, and is a member of the Business Roundtable, the Business Council and the U.S.-Brazil Forum.
Jimmy Clark ’74, College of Engineering: Clark is the owner and president of Guy M. Turner, Inc., a diversified company that is a leader in the handling and moving of the heaviest equipment in the fields of rigging, machine tool installation, crane services and specialized transportation. The company has 12 offices in the United States and Canada. Clark serves on the NC State Board of Trustees, as well as on the board of directors for the NC State Alumni Association and the Engineering Foundation. He previously chaired the NC State Board of Visitors.
John Edmond ’87, College of Engineering: While earning his PhD in material sciences and engineering, Edmond teamed with other graduate students and young faculty on some promising silicon carbide research. Upon graduation, the group co-founded what became CREE Inc., one of the world’s top LED manufacturers. Today, Edmond is director of advanced optoelectronics for the Durham-based company, which makes energy-efficient LED lights, lighting components and semiconductor products.
Susan Warren Rabon ’82, College of Humanities and Social Sciences: Rabon is a member of the N.C. Utilities Commission, which regulates the rates and services of all of the state’s public utilities. Rabon, who received her law degree from the University of Virginia, has also worked as a clerk in the N.C. Court of Appeals, as special counsel and then chief of staff for the N.C. Department of Justice, and senior assistant for administration in the office of the governor. She has previously served on the NC State Board of Visitors.
Kevin Beasley ’79, Poole College of Management: Beasley, a CPA, is a partner-in-charge of tax practice at the Raleigh office of Grant Thornton, one of the Big Six international accounting firms. He previously worked at Arthur Anderson, where he rose to the position of partner and earned a spot in the inaugural class of the NC State Accounting Hall of Fame.
Ray Tanner ’80, College of Natural Resources: Tanner, a former All-ACC baseball player at NC State, was named athletics director for the University of South Carolina last year after spending 25 years as a collegiate head baseball coach, including nine years as the head coach at NC State. Under Tanner’s direction, the baseball team at South Carolina won two NCAA Division I Baseball Championships and made six appearances in the College World Series. Tanner has been named National Coach of the Year three times.
Sung Won Lee, ’60 MS, ’67 PhD, College of Physical and Mathematical Sciences: After earning his graduate degrees at NC State, Lee returned to his native South Korea to lead the S-Oil Corporation to success as the third largest oil refinery in Korea. He also served as chairman of two South Korean chemical companies. But his passion is downhill skiing, and his family built Korea’s oldest and largest ski and snowboard resort, which will host alpine skiing events for the 2018 Winter Olympics and 2018 Winter Paralympics. Lee is founder and president of the Asian Ski Federation, former vice president of the Olympic Council of Asia and honorary president of the Korean Ski Association.
Michael Fralix ’00 PhD, College of Textiles: Fralix is the president and CEO of [TC]2, a company that develops next generation supply chain technologies such as 3-D body scanners used in product development for apparel and equipment, made-to-measure clothing, clothing size and style recommendations and body shape analysis.
Dr. Laura Rush ’97 DVM, College of Veterinary Medicine: Rush began her career as a registered nurse, specializing in the care of cancer patients, before going to vet school. Following graduation, she joined the faculty at The Ohio State University College of Veterinary Medicine and headed a laboratory funded by the National Institute of Health that focused on cancer research in dogs and humans. Rush now works as vice president and associate medical director for GSW Worldwide, a healthcare marketing firm where she helps develop marketing strategies for healthcare companies.
WOLFPACK CLUB AWARD
Nora Lynn Finch, Ronnie Shavlik Award: Finch was a pioneer for collegiate women’s athletics, serving as the ACC’s first female assistant athletics director and negotiated the first women’s basketball tournament television contract with CBS. At NC State, Finch served as head volleyball and softball coach, associate head coach for women’s basketball, and assistant, associate and senior associate athletics director. She is currently the ACC’s associate commissioner for women’s basketball operations and senior women’s administrator. She has been inducted into the National Women’s Sports Hall of Fame.
ALUMNI ASSOCIATION AWARDS
Ryan DeJong ’05, Outstanding Young Alumnus: DeJong, chief operating officer of FIRM Consulting Group, has led the Tampa NC State Alumni Network since 2007. As network leader, DeJong has aggressively promoted his alma mater and the Alumni Association. He recruits and manages volunteers to staff local college fairs and plans many types of group activities for his fellow Tampa Wolfpackers.
Sherice Nivens ’98, Outstanding Young Alumnus: Nivens, cardiac sales manager for Intuitive Surgical, is a member of the PAMS Alumni and Friends Advisory Board and a founding member of the Dean’s Circle. She served as the keynote speaker for the 2009 Department of Chemistry graduation ceremony and the 2010 Society of African American Physical and Mathematical Scientists annual banquet.
Bill Collins ’54, ’61 MS, Meritorious Service Award: Collins, a world renowned expert in tobacco field production, was a Philip Morris Professor in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences for 28 years. Since retiring in 2005, Collins joined the CALS Office of College Advancement as senior director of development. He is a former member of the board of directors of the Alumni Association.
Judi Grainger ’72 MS, Meritorious Service Award: Grainger served as president of the Alumni Association board of directors in 2011 and served for a total of 14 years on the board. She also serves on the NC State Board of Visitors, the College of Education Advisory Board and the board of directors of The State Club.
The Arizona Cardinals suffered one of the more memorable losses of the 2012 season last week, as they fell to the Seattle Seahawks 58-0. It was difficult for an NFL veteran like Adrian Wilson, the longest tenured Cardinal, to fully process such a loss.
Photo courtesy of the Arizona Cardinals.
“When you have a game like that, emotionally, you’re going to be charged the rest of the week until you play another game,” says Wilson, who played at NC State in the late 90s and early 2000s. “It will make you question a lot. It will make you question if you want to play. ”
But Wilson and the Cardinals get another chance this Sunday. “That’s the great thing about football,” he says. “That’s why guys love to play it.”
The High Point, N.C., native has loved playing professional football the last 12 years. He left NC State and was drafted by the Cardinals in the third round of the 2001 NFL Draft. He was a starter by his third year, led the Cardinals in tackles in Super Bowl XLIII in 2008 and was named to his fifth Pro Bowl last season. Wilson chalks up his longevity to a little luck and care. “I’m truly blessed to have good health, and I take care of my body,” he says.
Wilson is also leaving his footprint off the field. The fashion bug bit him in 2007, and he opened High Point Shoes – a store dedicated to street wear and skate fashion — in Scottsdale, Ariz. He says his mother pushed the entrepreneurial spirit in him, but that it was scary opening a business, even for a 6-foot-3, 230-pound NFL strong safety.
“You have to find your identity,” he says. “You can’t be like any other store. I think when we first started, we were a street wear type of brand, and now it’s crossed over more into shoes and accessories. More cleaned up and buttoned down types of things.”
Wilson says a lot of NFL players understand the concept of transitioning to life outside of football. “But to actually have the guts to do it is another thing,” he says.
High Point shoes is now in its sixth year, and Wilson appreciates seeing customers come in and enjoy what he sells. He says the store has a family atmosphere, and that he likes that a community has been forged there. And that’s an aspect he’ll want to continue after football, when he plans to build a community center, as well.
“Sometimes people just come in and hang out,” he says. “It’s very gratifying.”
Photo courtesy of adrianwilson24.com.
When a parade of brightly decorated boats passed by the waterfront in New Bern, N.C., as part of the town’s annual Coastal Christmas Flotilla this year, there were plenty of traditional holiday symbols: a snowman, a gingerbread house, reindeer and, of course, Santa Claus.
One boat, however, stood out: Nancy Childs ’87 and her family trimmed their sailboat with hundreds of LED lights to create a striking image of NC State’s mascot.
Photo courtesy Zach Frailey and The Uprooted Photographer
Childs, who graduated from the College of Design and is a graphic artist at Craven County Community College, says she and her family have participated in the flotilla before. But they never received as much reaction as they did at this year’s event on Dec. 1.
“It was great,” she says. “The kids were yelling ‘wolf’ and people on the shore would yell ‘pack.’” (Childs did allow, however, that the names of a couple of rival schools were shouted out as well.)
Childs says the Wolfpack-themed boat done was in part to honor her father, Robert James Miller ’56 of Raleigh.
Miller gave the sailboat, a 23-footer named “Sprite,” to his daughter after he could no longer use it, but the family is planning to sell it. Childs said her dad was pleased that the boat had placed first in its class, calling it “delightful.”
Miller received his undergraduate degree from the College of Natural Resources, later received master’s and doctorate degrees from Yale University, and became vice president of Radford College (now university) in Radford, Va.
Childs and her husband, Edward, joined by children Sarah Kate, John and Emily, spent about 28 hours mapping out the wolf’s head — complete with a red nose and “NCSU” spelled out on its sailor cap — using more than 2,000 LED lights meticulously attached to plastic mesh that was then hoisted onto the mast.
To see a gallery of other boats in the flotilla, go to: www.uprootedphotographer.com/
– Sylvia Adcock ’81
Photo courtesy of Denver Broncos.
Nate Irving has three numbers tattooed on his left forearm. They read “06-28-09″ and serve as a reminder of the automobile accident three years ago that forced him to sit out a year of football at NC State. But, Irving says, the accident helped him learn humility and patience. And that has helped prepare him for life in the NFL.
Irving was a third-round pick by the Denver Broncos in the 2011 draft after an All-ACC career for the Wolfpack. But Irving, a linebacker, played primarily on special teams during his rookie year. Irving knew he had to be patient to learn the pro game.
“Sitting out last year and just doing special teams helped me get adjusted to the speed and physicality of the NFL,” he says. “You’re going up against guys who are elite at their positions. You have to be very good and smart at what you’re doing.”
The Broncos hired a new defensive coordinator, Jack Del Rio, for this season, and his defensive scheme is conducive to Irving’s game at the middle linebacker position. Irving credits Del Rio’s system with him getting more playing time. It has also helped Irving make a greater impact on the field, like when he had three tackles during a Monday Night Football game on Oct. 15.
“I think it’s what Coach Del Rio and the coaching staff has done,” he says. “I’m able to be physical. I like playing on the line of scrimmage.”
Irving says the new system also allows him to improve on his weaknesses, like defending against the pass.
Photo courtesy of Denver Broncos.
What aids in that improvement is the patience the numbers tattooed on Irving’s forearm evoke. Sitting out the 2009 year at NC State while he recovered from the accident armed him with that virtue, which, in turn, allowed him to accept studying the game for a year last season and become prepared to make an impact this season.
“I’m happy that things happened the way they did,” he says. “It taught me about NFL football. It helped me study NFL teams and what to look for.”
Alan-Michael Cash laughs about his one regret from his time at NC State. “Back in school, coming up, everyone chooses Spanish,” he says. “But I’ve said to myself I should have taken French.”
Photo courtesy of the Montreal Alouettes.
Cash laments his chance at learning French because he hears the language everyday on his way to and at work. He takes the Montreal metro to football practice for the Montreal Alouettes, a team in the Canadian Football League. And in addition to French being the official language of Montreal, it is also the language spoken by most of the players on the team.
Language is just one thing Cash has had to adjust to the since coming to Canada two years ago. After leaving his football career at NC State behind in 2010, he played for the Richmond Revolution, an Indoor Football League team in Richmond, Va., his hometown. One of the coaches there, Billy Parker, played cornerback for the Alouettes and told Cash he should come up and try out as a defensive tackle.
“He brought me out to Canada, and the rest was history,” Cash says.
Canada had never been on Cash’s radar, having never visited the country. But, he says, passion for football knows no geographical boundaries.
“I never thought I’d play out of the country,” he says. “It was just something new. But when you have that love of the game, you’ll play anywhere. Wherever you get in, you go.”
Cash at NC State. Photo courtesy of NC State Athletics.
The CFL season runs from June to November. The league has different rules than the NFL and college football. For instance, if a kicker misses a field goal, the defense can run it back, much like a punt return, as seen in this 125-yard return from earlier this season.
Cash felt the difference in the rules when he lined up for the first time. In Canada, linemen have to play a yard off of the ball, farther away than they do in the American game. But now such nuances don’t bother him and he’s taken his transition in stride. “It’s not even a big adjustment to me now,” he says.
Though there are no other Wolfpackers playing in the CFL, Cash says he bonds with other ACC players on the Alouettes, who have already clinched their division with a 10-6 mark through Friday, about their time playing football “down south,” sometimes through bragging rights.
Cash has only been able to see one NC State football game this season, and that was the Wolfpack’s last-minute win against Florida State. He immediately let Alouettes teammate and former Seminole Adrian McPherson know about NC State’s victory.
And Cash has learned that the language barrier is only so vast, especially when it comes to fans of the Alouettes rivals, like the Hamilton Tiger-Cats or the Toronto Argonauts.
“They know how to talk trash,” he says. “You definitely get the trash talk in English.”
Photo courtesy of NCSU Creative Services.
Many students spend their college years counting down the days until their last exam, the final lecture they have to sit through and the last time they have to see their professors.
But during this year’s homecoming, which is more robust to celebrate NC State’s 125th anniversary, different colleges at NC State will offer alumni a chance to come back and experience the classroom one more time. But this time there will be no homework.
Classes without Quizzes, an event taking place Friday, Nov. 2, will allow alumni to return to their respective colleges and attend lectures highlighting current research by faculty. Alumni will also get to catch up with friends and enjoy refreshments as they hear about the work that illustrates NC State’s role as a leader in innovation and education .
“The Classes Without Quizzes concept provides a wonderful opportunity for families and alumni to reconnect with NC State by exploring the outstanding work of our students and faculty within the broader context of our 125th anniversary homecoming celebrations,” says Chancellor Randy Woodson. “These activities showcase NC State’s academic excellence and innovative research while developing the strong alumni relationships critical for broadening the audience of the NC State story.”
Some colleges, like the College of Physical and Mathematical Sciences, will offer a general lecture about a discipline. The college’s program, “Albert & Isaac’s Excellent Adventure,” promises to make physics applicable to anybody.
“Things will explode,” says Marla Gregg, PAMS director of alumni and donor relations. “It’s really geared for people of all ages. It makes physics and science experiments fun.”
Gregg hopes the classroom setting will allow alumni to remember their time at NC State.
“I think any excuse to get alumni to campus is awesome because it can be difficult for people to get back ,” she says. “When people come back, they get nostalgic and they get those memories. They remember just how important it is to remain close to the university.”
The College of Engineering will offer more a specialized approach. Brian Campbell, executive director of development and college relations at the NC State Engineering Foundation, says it was hard to choose one topic to encompass the college’s research. So the college zeroed in on the “great challenges” of our time: energy, security and health. Alumni can choose to attend any of those three simultaneous sessions.
In addition to generating feelings of nostalgia, Classes without Quizzes also gives NC State a chance to advertise the work happening on campus in 2012. “I feel that you have to say that ‘This is pretty cool,’ and that ‘My institution has evolved into this,’” Campbell says.
The College of Natural Resources will also hold an event where its ambassadors will discuss what it’s like to be a student in that college today. And the College of Design will host an event at the Contemporary Art Museum Raleigh where families will be asked to design a solution to a design problem. Contact the college for registration information.
And don’t worry. You won’t be tested on this material later.
The Caldwell Fellows managed to raise more money for Habitat for Humanity at this year’s Shack-A-Thon on the Brickyard than they did last year.
With just 71 members, the Caldwell team was significantly smaller than many of the other student organizations that took part in Shack-A-Thon. But the Caldwells still managed to finish third by raising $3,682.50 — about $1,000 more than they raised last year. The Poole College of Management team raised the winning total of $8,222.50.
The Caldwell Fellows boosted their efforts this year with the help of local businesses and various fundraising events during the week of Shack-A-Thon.
“Last year, we introduced a raffle drawing as a new way to bring in donations for Shack-A-Thon, and it was a resounding success,” says Brian Schuster, the Caldwell Fellows team coordinator. “We continued the tradition this year, and we’ve seen many other teams begin to adopt this strategy as well. This has likely been the largest contributor to our increased fundraising.”
Schuster says the team raffled off several prizes, including a five-course meal for two at Bida Manda, a Laotian restaurant in downtown Raleigh, a gift certificate to Noodles & Company and gift baskets from Burt’s Bees. During the week of Shack-A-Thon, the Caldwell Fellows hosted a Friday night cookout and a Build Day lunch for students and parents to supplement their fundraising. They also received support from the Alumni Association Board of Directors.
Schuster says the NC State campus is becoming even more engaged in the Shack-A-Thon spirit.
“Overall the level of competitiveness has jumped up quite a bit since last year,” he says. “I don’t have access to the historical fundraising data, but from what I’ve seen over the past four years, 2012 could have definitely been record-breaking.”
For Schuster, a senior, this year’s Shack-a-Thon will be his last at NC State.
“It’s going to be tough to leave all of this behind,” he says. “Activities like this outside of class have been one of the most rewarding parts of being a student at NC State. Fortunately, I know the competition will live on even if I’m across the country. I look forward to seeing how the team does next year.”
– Jamie Gnazzo
The Caldwell Fellows program is an intensive leadership-development scholarship program that was created by the Alumni Association to honor the legacy of Chancellor John T. Caldwell.
Photo courtesy of Washington Redskins.
Morocco Brown ’99 says the key to being a great player is to believe that you’re the world’s best. If you don’t, he says, you won’t be any good. And in the mid-1990s, Brown was one of the Wolfpack’s best linebackers, leading the team in tackles his sophomore and junior seasons. So naturally, he thought he’d take his greatness to the NFL.
But it would be a journey that would take place off the field.
After Brown’s senior season in 1998, he tried out with the Pittsburgh Steelers and even spent some time trying to make it in the Canadian Football League. When things didn’t work out, he returned to Raleigh to finish up his degree in parks, recreation and tourism management. He knew he wanted to work around football, so he accepted an internship as a scout with the Indianapolis Colts in 2000. That led him to a tenure with the Chicago Bears as the assistant director of pro personnel from 2001-07.
And now Brown is in his fifth season as the director of pro personnel for the Washington Redskins. He coordinates the advance scouting of opponents, participates in pre-draft meetings and evaluates free agents and trade prospects. It’s a job, he says, that holds a little more security than an NFL player. But he says it brings just as much pressure.
“I think you have the possibility of a longer shelf life with each team because your evaluation is over a longer period of time,” he says. “With that being said, there’s so much to be done during a day, you have to try to master the day. You’re also competing against the other teams trying to win. If somebody gets injured, it’s bang-bang. You have to know who the next guy up is.”
Brown’s number-one job is to know his own team. At the end of each season, he does an extensive scouting report on the Redskins. That helps him evaluate how the team and its needs have changed. He’s got to know all of the free agents that will be available in the offseason. That means knowing everything there is to know about the more than 550 free agents who can be signed in February 2013. It’s the cases he makes for those free agents he believes the Redskins should sign that brought the biggest adjustment from a player on the field to the front office.
“It takes some time, some years.” he says. “You have to get to the point where you master what you say and make it visible to the person you’re saying it to. Writing a report is like creating a new language. It’s not like you’re trying to win your case in the courtroom, but you do have to present your case. If you don’t believe it, no one else can.”
The annual April NFL draft is another event Brown has to prepare for, but he loves that part of his job. He likes that it’s all about projecting a new player who has not been tainted by contract talks and the desire to just sign for money. The players a team drafts, he says, are the ones who stay loyal to an organization.
Though the job takes away from time with his family — he and his wife, Kendra, have two sons and a daughter, who was born in June — it keeps him close to football. And like when he was a player for the Wolfpack, the job keeps him focused on the wins.
“At the core of who I am, I’m football,” he says. “It’s something I’m good at. It’s fulfilling to help out a team. And that comes down to ‘Ws.’ It’s a funny business. From week to week, your emotions just go up and down from wins to losses.”
Brown’s Redskins take on the Minnesota Vikings on Sunday in Week 6 of NFL action.