The great thing about playing college football is that you have an instant fraternity of sorts. Here you learn important aspects of success like leadership skills, prioritizing, time management, bouncing back from defeat, and how to work with others to reach a common goal.
Corporations want to hire former college student-athletes because they possess many of the above skills and most college athletes say participating in sports helped them prepare for life after graduation.
If you want an excellent education to go along with your athletic skills, US News & World Report listed Brown University in the #16 position for their 2015 edition of Best Colleges. Forbes magazine states, “Brown has cultivated a reputation as the most eccentric and liberal of the Ivies.”
The football team plays home games at the 20,000 seat Brown Stadium in Providence, Rhode Island. A historic rivalry between the Brown Bears and the Harvard Crimson is renewed each year when the two teams play the first game of the football season.
Notable former Brown Bear players include:
– James Develin
– John Heisman
– Joe Paterno
– Fritz Pollard
At present, Phil Estes is the team coach. The main attribute Estes looks for in his recruits is “toughness”. For Estes, toughness means being resilient enough to handle the academic rigors of an Ivy League education while playing 10 games a season.
When Estes took over as head coach, he inherited one of the greatest quarterbacks in Brown football history, James Perry, Class of 2000. James is a graduate of Andover High School and brother of the football coach there. Perry broke almost every Brown passing record while he was there and earned Ivy League Player of the Year in 1999. A few years later, Nick Hartigan ’06, burst on the scene as one of the best running backs in the program’s history. Most recently, Andy Coke, a former teammate of William Heikkinen has been playing on the Brown team.
The 2014 football season consisted of 10 games. The Brown Bears won five and lost five. Home: 3-2 Away: 2-3 Neutral: 0-0 Conference: 3-4.