A prime example of a player Brown has helped through tough times is senior free safety/wide receiver Christopher Williams-Hall, who made a major contribution in the team’s win over Norland last week with 10 catches for 151 yards and three touchdowns.
Williams-Hall lost his aunt during the season and wears an ankle bracelet due to a battery charge from an incident he was involved in back in middle school. Williams-Hall is required to be home every day by 8 p.m. and needs permission to travel with the team on road games like this week’s game in Belle Glade.
Brown has been there for Williams-Hall, who has bounced from home to home living with his mother and father, who are separated.
But through it all, Williams-Hall has persevered. His GPA is 2.6, he will take his SAT on Saturday, and he has scholarship offers from colleges like Kentucky, Ohio and Bethune-Cookman.
“I have a great father who takes care of me, but me and Coach have a good connection,” Williams-Hall said. “He’s like a father figure, an uncle, a mentor, or whatever you need him to be.”
No matter how far Jackson gets this season, Brown sees plenty of potential in his players as several will be back next season. Flowers, the team’s most highly recruited player knows for certain that Brown’s willingness to help him and his teammates players won’t waver.
“People always come to me saying I should transfer to another school,” Flowers said. “They don’t realize what I’ve been through at home. [Brown] does because he’s been in my life. I have my uncle and other family in my life, but you hardly see a coach be a part of your life like that.”
Added Brown: “It’s not all about football for me. I grew up in the inner city and I know what the streets can do to a kid that’s lost. It’s about being there year-round and 12 to 14 hours a day because those kids need you.”