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Que'Sean Brown

Refusing to lose
June 06
01:00 2019

Que’Sean Brown is a rising ninth grader heading to Walkertown High School in the fall. Brown has been a standout football player for years and recently became a city/county track and field champion in his first year on the track. His hopes are to become the next big thing to come out of the city of Winston-Salem.

The football roots run deep for Brown, because his father, uncles and grandfather were all football players. His love for the game is evident upon meeting him, which is part of the reason why every team Brown has played for in his Pop Warner career since the age of 7 has gone undefeated in the city or state and won a city championship.

“I grew up in a football family, so it was just like I was meant for football, because it was the family sport,” said Brown. “I love playing offense because I like to score touchdowns, and I like defense because I like to hit people as well.”

Brown most recently played football with the Tiny Indians organization. He played running back and cornerback, putting in countless hours of practice with his father, Eric, to make him the best football player he could be. Now he is ready to take that next step up in competition on the high school level.

The talent for playing the sport of football was easy to see early on, said Eric Brown Jr. Even before he had the chance to strap on pads, he was leaving opponents in the dust playing flag football.

“I was the one that put him out there as a baby at four years old, before he was able to really play the sport,” said Brown Jr. “We had him out there doing more than what he was supposed to do, so that pushed him ahead of most kids at an early age.

“When he first started playing flag football, he would go out there and score four or five touchdowns in the first game, so as it went on, I could see his passion for the sport. I played football in high school and college and it’s just like he picked up immediately.”

Brown Jr. said he would practice with his son one on one away from the team and that put him ahead of the curve of most kids his age. “We were doing things that kids his age were not doing, so I felt that kind of put him further along in the sport and made him more advanced,” he said.  

On the field Brown said his speed is his best quality. It allows him to cut and get away from most defenders in the open field. Going forward, he feels he needs to run the ball harder when he makes contact with defenders. The advanced competition of high school is not a worry for Brown, either. He said he will “do the same thing I have been doing” when facing bigger and stronger opponents.

When it comes from the parent perspective, Brown Jr. said his son needs to focus on his work ethic at the high school level. He feels his son’s talent allowed him to succeed on the Pop Warner level, but if he wants to compete on the high school level, he will need his “own drive and passion.”

Brown Jr. said he had his son running around shoes in the yard, because they couldn’t afford cones at the time, along with doing hundreds of pushups before going to bed. He feels those early workouts gave his son a great foundation, but it’s up to him to work even harder to make it at the next level.

Playing varsity football as a freshman is the goal for Brown this summer. He said he will hit the gym and work out as hard as he can to achieve his goal.  

Because of the speed he has shown on the football field, Brown decided to give track and field a try this year. In his first year, he took home the middle school county championship in the 100-meter dash for Flat Rock Middle School. He plans to continue running track, as well as football, in high school.

Brown feels that track and field is the perfect conditioning for football season. “I wasn’t surprised that I won the meet, but I was a little nervous in the finals, because it was my first year,” he said.  

Brown’s favorite subject in school is math and he would like to attend Clemson University upon graduation from high school.

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