By IAN FISHER
Alligator Staff Writer
Tim Casey / Alligator Staff
Football granted him the opportunity, but Vernell Brown seized it, becoming the first member of his immediate family to receive a college degreee. Brown is the only UF player to have already graduated.
It could have been when his son was named a starter for his own Florida Gators.
It could have been when he was named a captain, or even when he received the title of "The Face of Florida Football."
Vernell Brown Sr. has a whole laundry list of times in his son's life to be proud of.
His son has won basketball championships in high school, has made countless plays as a Gators' starting cornerback and has become a father.
But one thing sticks out more than any of that to Vernell Brown Sr.
On April 29, Vernell Sr. watched his oldest son become the first member of his immediate family to receive a college degree.
By Franz Beard
Date: Nov 26, 2005
The loudest applause of all on this senior day was saved for the little guy. He couldn’t run onto the field in uniform like his teammates and you had to know it killed him that he wasn’t going to play. As he limped toward midfield to the growing cheers of the fans jammed into The Swamp, Coach Urban Meyer paced quickly to meet Vernell Brown at the 30-yard line where he bear hugged this 5-8, 169-pounder whom Meyer calls “the face of Florida football.”
05-02-2006 06:25 PM
i talked to a Gator fan..he said if this kid was bigger..he would be a tremendous player. he said hes held his own over at right corner and came up big..hes a real BB type of guy who has very good character and also told me next year theres even better talent in Siler, Atkins and few other guys who would fit for us..cant wait till BB take another vacation down south