Levi Brown didn’t play football until the ninth grade, but not because he didn’t have the desire. He was just too damn big.
Many youth leagues have a weight limit that players have to stay under in order to participate. Fortunately for Brown, Penn State University has no such limit, in fact, the bigger the better.
Brown started his collegiate career as a defensive tackle, but after a year of redshirting, he moved to offense and quickly become a staple along the Nittany Lions’ line. As a redshirt freshman in 2003, he started all 12 games at left tackle and played 841 snaps. Over the next two seasons, Brown went on to start in 22 games and was named an Associated Press and Sports Illustrated second-team All-American, as well as a first-team All-Big Ten selection.
As a senior, Brown had arthroscopic surgery on his knee, which forced him to miss some action. The injury isn’t a major concern, however, and didn’t affect his draft status seeing as how he was taken fifth overall by the Arizona Cardinals in the ’06 NFL Draft.
In his rookie season, Brown battled an ankle injury for most of the year and missed some game time. When healthy, however, he was a mainstay on the Cardinals' offensive line.
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Official Arizona Cardinals Player Bio: Levi Brown
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Brown was a bit of a dissapointment in his rookie season, battling an ankle injury that caused him to miss game time. A full offseason should help him recover and bounce back in his second year.
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On how he wound up playing football:
"I wanted to play baseball. That was my dream. My friends started calling me a punk because they wanted me to play football, and I didn't. I was walking across the football field to baseball tryouts one day, and they just said, `You're a punk if you don't come out.' So I had to prove them wrong."
On switching from defense to offense at Penn State:
"I was a little upset about it. I wanted to be a defensive lineman, but I think it all worked out for the best."
On playing offensive line:
"Football is football. If you know who you have to have to block, just go block him. The defensive lineman is trying to hurt your friend behind. It's either you're going to stop him, or he's going to do it."