He is the starting quarterback for the three-time defending Sun Belt Conference champion Troy Trojans, but senior Levi Brown will tell you there are more pressing things going on this world than college football.
Does he want to win every game he plays? Of course, but he also realizes he is able to do something others have not been blessed to do in their lifetime. And for that he pushes on, trying to pursue a career that will enable him to give back to the world that has given so much to him.
A native of Mt. Juliet, TN, a suburb of Nashville with a population of more than 25,000, Brown is passionate about everything he does: be it the game of football or the troubles in Africa.
“To be able to go Africa would mean a lot,” Brown said. “It is something that is definitely on my list of things to do sometime in my life – travel to Africa to help some of the organizations which help children that have been affected by their parents dying and all the wars over there. There is genocide going on in Darfur, and AIDS obviously is just wiping out the population, as well as starvation.”
The senior has researched the area, and written papers on the situation occurring in those Third World countries.
“I’ve read three or four books and written three or four papers for school about Darfur and the stuff going in Uganda,” he said. “I have made it a point in my life to make a difference, to bring awareness to the fact that it is going on.”
Brown wears a bracelet on his right wrist he received from Uganda. It is a simple reminder of what goes on in Africa.
“It has been on my wrist since I got it a year and half ago,” Brown said. “I even wear it during football games. That is probably the thing in my life that I am most passionate about right now, even more so than football.”
Although he wants to help out and has in the past, he still has his long-term goals in mind of making it to the National Football League. But the reason may shock some when it comes to an athlete wanting to sign a professional contract.
“Part of the reason I want to make it to the NFL is so I can have enough money to do a lot more stuff and donate more. Right now, I can donate 20 bucks at a time. It helps. At the same time, my plan right now is to focus on football and make it to the NFL to make enough money to where I can go over there in the off-season and donate thousands of dollars rather than 10s of dollars.”
Jarome is assistant director for athletics media relations.