For NCAA student athletes, most of them go pro in something other than sports.
It’s a hokey tag-line on commercials to try and dredge up feelings that amateurism matters and student-athlete is a very serious thing. But, for our countdown to college football, we thought why not take a look at a member of the football program who knocked it out of the park off the field.
The No. 87 Rebel of the Day — Matt Brown
Brown is from Cordova, Tenn. and attended Harding Academy in high school. He caught some passes for the Lions and was a generally good guy to most everyone who knew him (we checked, don’t worry). He joined the Rebel football team as a non-scholarship player in 2012. Then, he lettered twice in football, which is more than 99.9% of us can say, but then broke his fibula and didn’t see action again.
However, he still had a gift to give the Rebel football team - he went on to crush it in the classroom - contributing mightily to the team’s GPA and APR scores.
Here’s a quick rundown:
- Chancellor’s Honor Roll - Fall ‘12, Spring ‘13, Fall ‘14
- Dean’s Honor Roll - Spring ‘15
- UMAA Honor Roll - Fall ‘13, Spring ‘14
- SEC Fall Academic Honor Roll - 2013-15
But Matt wasn’t rocking a journalism, criminal justice or general studies major. Bro went out and majored in chemical engineering.
He went on to graduate cum laude, got a job with International Paper in Louisiana doing engineering stuff and probably crushes life on the reg.
So cheers to you, Rebel of the Day, Matt Brown — you were on a team that WON A FREAKING SUGAR BOWL. You, sir, have really got some stuff going for you.