Brown looks for recognition at combine

Published 11:13 pm Friday, February 26, 2010

This weekend, the hopes and dreams of a career in the NFL are in the balance as the league’s combine takes place in Indianapolis, Indiana.

There, everything will be tested, from athletic ability to mental capacity.

For the first time, Troy has a quarterback participating and so far, all is well according to Levi Brown.

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“Things are going good so far,” Brown said from Indianapolis Friday morning.

“They are treating us well – we have gotten a ton of free stuff,” he laughed.

Brown said the first two days consisted of general medical stuff, including x-rays on every injury a player has had throughout his career, followed by visits from each of the team’s doctors.

Friday was the first day the athletes began performing physical activities, starting off with bench press.

“I want to try and do as many as I can – but I don’t want to be too sore for when I throw on Sunday,” Brown said.

“Bench is not a huge deal for quarterbacks but I want to have a good showing regardless.”

Brown would finish with 20 reps of 225 pounds, the weight everyone has to bench.

Afterwards, he said he felt really good about his workout.

Friday night, Brown was scheduled for a private meeting with representatives from the Carolina Panthers.

Saturday, after participating in the 40-yard dash and jumping events, Brown will have the same kind of meeting with the New Orleans Saints.

“We will be meeting for just about 15 minutes to talk about general stuff,” he said.

“Nothing too serious, just basic questions – they will be looking to see what kind of person I am.”

Some of the big name quarterbacks like Tim Tebow, Sam Bradford, Jimmy Clausen, Dan LeFevour and Colt McCoy will not be throwing at the combine.

One would think this would be a golden opportunity for Brown, however, he said he sees two sides to the story.

“I think it does and doesn’t (as far as helping)” he said.

Brown was originally scheduled to throw second, behind Bradford.

Now, he is leading things off.

“I was hoping to see how (Bradford) was going to do things and just to watch him.

“But at the same time, it’s not a bad thing for me to be throwing first – this will be a good chance for me to get some recognition,” he said.

Still, Brown said he is a bit nervous about being the first quarterback to throw.

“Yea, I am little nervous, but I think its good for me.

“I am looking forward to (throwing), I am just going to relax and do what I am always done,” he said.

An overall good showing all throughout this weekend would help Brown achieve the one thing he had hoped for when he got on the plane headed North – to turn some heads.

“I just want to surprise people,” he said.

“I still feel I am bit underrated. My main goal is to show people just how good I can be and to really get my name out there.”