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2020 NFL Draft Prospect Interview: J’Von Brown, OL, Central Connecticut State University

9/15/2018 Mike Orazzi | Staff CCSU’s J’Von Brown (69) during Saturday’s football game with Columbia in New Britain.
  • Name: J’Von Brown 
  • Height: 6’2
  • Weight:320
  • Position:G,C
  • College: Central Connecticut State University 
  • Twitter: @bjvon52

Tell us about your hometown, and what you love most about it?

•  I was born and raised in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Lived there until I moved to Connecticut to attend high school. What I love about Philadelphia other than the cheesesteaks, is how tough we all are as people and that we aren’t anything to mess with. 

List these three in order of importance and why: Film Study, Strength and Conditioning and Practice?

•  Film Study is the most important. Those are the answers to the test essentially. If you know the tendencies of your opponent it makes the games a lot easier. Second most important would be practice. Practice makes perfect as they say. Repetition is crucial to slowing the game down and being prepared for anything. Lastly would be strength and conditioning, which of course is needed to physically dominate your opponents.

What do you worry about, and why?

•  I worry about making careless mistakes on the field. I worry about them because when the game is going fast, it all just becomes instinctual at times. Which could result in wrong decisions.

Give me an example of when you failed at something. How did you react and how did you overcome failure?

•  I failed at reaching my weight loss goal in my early years of college. I just could not lose the weight, finally, something clicked and I just my diet and began living in the weight room. I finally was able to reach my goal. I lost over 25 lbs. 

What do your teammates say is your best quality?

•  I would say my competitive drive. 

Who is the best player you have ever played against in college?

•  The best player I’ve played against was Chris Slayton defensive tackle from Syracuse. Who now plays for the New York Giants.

What would your career be if you couldn’t play football?

•  If I couldn’t play football, I would be a football coach. I have to be involved with the game of football in some way.

Room, desk, and car – which do you clean first?

•  I would clean my desk first. I like to have the place where I do homework clean and clear, so I can focus.

If there was a disaster and you could either save three strangers or one family member, which would you choose and why?

•  I would save the family member. I am a very family oriented person, so any decision between choosing family or anything else will always result in the family choice.

If you could be any television or movie character, who would you be and why?

•  I would want to be Harry Potter. Who wouldn’t want to have magic powers.

Tell me about your biggest adversity in life and how you’ve dealt with or overcome it?

•  The biggest adversity in life has been growing up without a father. Luckily I was blessed with a strong mother and other female figures in my life that more than made up for the male figure.

What is your most embarrassing moment?

•  My most embarrassing moment was when I got pancaked by a defensive lineman as a freshman in high school.  

What was the most memorable play of your collegiate career?

•  The most memorable play of my college career was at Wagner my sophomore year needing a touchdown to go into our 3rd overtime. We ran counter on the 2-yard line and I pulled and drove the defensive end out of the play, then saw my running back almost falling before the touchdown. Then I went and pulled him into the end zone.

What song best describes your work ethic?

•  Every Season by Roddy Rich

What is the most important trait you can have (Physical or Non-Physical) to help you succeed at the next level?

•  My upbeat attitude. I come to practice, lift, meetings, etc. always willing to work and learn from mistakes.

If you could bring one person back from the dead for one day, who would it be and why?

•  I would bring back my great grandmother. I was never able to meet her but I hear from stories that we were so much alike.

If you were to open a dance club, what would you name it?

•  Black Lavender 

Who is the most underrated player in the NFL? 

•  The most underrated player in the NFL is Jason Kelce.

Would you rather be liked or respected, and why?

•  I would much rather be respected. Being respected means that you worked and earned it. No one is automatically respected at first encounter.

What player who had his career derailed by off-field issues do you feel for the most and why?

•  Josh Gordon, I feel for the most. He has mental problems that cause him to resort to certain things to help him with that. I don’t agree with what he did to deal with those problems.

Do you love to win, or hate to lose?

•  I hate to lose. I never want to accept a loss in any area of my life.

Who has been the biggest influence on your life and explain why?

• The biggest influence in my life is my mother. I don’t know where I would be if it wasn’t for my mom doing everything for me. Always did her best to give me everything I needed and wanted. I plan on repaying her someday.

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