Found December 11, 2012 on Fox Sports Midwest:
ST. LOUIS Long before the tears, there was the dream. It's a little before Jerry Brown's junior season at Vashon High in 2004, and the player has a message for his coach. It's more than a year before the two-time Public High League defensive MVP earns a team-high 97 tackles and 13 sacks as a senior. It's long before the St. Louis native turns down Missouri, Nebraska and Oklahoma and signs with Illinois, where then-coach Ron Zook once considered him a possibility for the Outland Trophy. Before wearing Fighting Illini orange, before stints in the Arena Football League and Canadian Football League, before working to keep a career on the field alive, there was a vision. "Coach," Vashon coach Reginald Ferguson recalls Brown telling him, "I'm going to make it to the NFL." "Jerry," Ferguson said, "I believe so." "Yeah, I am." "If you make it to the NFL, I'm going to retire your jersey. I'll be ready....
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