Red Bank Catholic’s Alex Brown scored eight touchdowns last Friday night following the death of his mother.
Red Bank Catholic’s Alex Brown threw six touchdown passes and ran for two more scores in the Caseys 58-34 win over Morris Catholic in the opening round of the Non-Public “B” state playoffs. The eight TD performance was special beyond the eye-popping statistics. Brown’s mother, Michelle, passed away the previous day following a 15-year battle with breast cancer.
“As soon as I threw that first touchdown pass I could feel her presence,” Brown said. “I was locked in the whole day even though my head was spinning from all the stuff and playing in a playoff game. After that first touchdown pass, I looked up and said ‘thank you mama’ and I was ready to go from there.”
Following the inspirational performance, Brown posted a video clip from one of his touchdown runs and posted By the end of the weekend, the post had gone viral with ESPN SportsCenter and others sharing the post over a million times. Tom Brady, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback was just one of the countless people around the world who showed support and love for the RBC quarterback. Since then, the Bucknell commit has done interviews for ESPN, Fox News and local television just to name a few.
“It was a shock. I literally went to sleep just saying I love you Mom and I posted that,” Brown said. “I woke up in the morning with thousands of DMs and texts with stories about losing a parent and cancer. Then I got calls from Fox, CBS and Sports Illustrated. In my head, I’m thinking this has to be Mom. Something inspired people and something is inspiring the world. I think this is all from my mom and her doing. Even though I played a great game, this is her tribute.”
Brown talked about his mother’s illness during JSZ’s All-Access Comeback Season preseason special.
Sophomore Markus Brown, Alex’s younger brother, is a starting wide receiver on the Rumson-Fair Haven football team. Markus played the night after his mom’s passing as well when RFH topped Burlington Township 34-0. Both players have games this Friday night with Alex and RBC hosting St. Joseph Academy in a state semifinal and RFH hosting Woodrow Wilson in a sectional championship.