Participating in Read Across America Day, the New York Giants safety pulled up a seat in front of hundreds of third and fourth graders gathered in the Lyndhurst High School gymnasium on Friday and read aloud Dr. Seuss’ book “I Wish That I Had Duck Feet.”
Coinciding with the celebration of the late writer’s birthday, Brown was promoting the National Education Association’s signature program, which focuses on motivating children and teens to read through events, partnerships, and reading resources.
“I know the importance of reading and programs like this,” Brown said at the event in North Jersey. “[This is] definitely a great program encouraging kids to read. I’m glad I could come out and be a part of it.”
Brown, who stuck around for a Q&A with the students, has remained in the area this offseason, where he has been training and “just waiting” for the next step as he is set to become a restricted free agent on March 12. Meanwhile, as NFL hopefuls prepare for their college pro days, Brown recalled his time coming out of Michigan in 2010.
“I just had a pro day and it was definitely -- I wouldn’t say a ‘stressful’ time -- it was just a time where you just have to work and work,” he said. “Since I knew I only had a pro day, I was just geared for the pro day, so I could at least showcase some of my talents.”
Brown, who didn’t attend the NFL Scouting Combine as a draft prospect, solidified himself at his current NFL position during his pro day. As a four-year letterwinner, Brown started two seasons for the Wolverines, playing safety in 2008 before taking over at linebacker in 2009.
“It definitely helped a lot,” said Brown, who was originally drafted in the seventh round by Oakland (251st overall out of 255 selections). “Being as I think there were only three of us that got drafted from Michigan, when I got to my pro day, I definitely opened a lot of eyes when people were still concerned they didn’t know if I was going to be a linebacker or safety at the time. I came out, I weighed in well, I ran well, I did the drills well, and I think that’s when everybody figured I was going to be a safety in the NFL.”