Found April 19, 2012 on Down and Distance:

The Miami Dolphins signed a 6′ 4″, 238 lb Tight End on Wednesday, whose story is a bit different than any other NFL hopeful.

Les Brown, a former accountant and basketball Small Forward agreed to terms with the Dolphins after a rather impressive pro day at BYU. Brown impressed NFL scouts with his 4.4 forty-yard-dash, 39 inch vertical and 10-3 broad jump, all on a grade 3 ankle sprain. He never played college football, however was a basketball star here in my home state of Utah. Brown was recruited by BYU, however decided that basketball was his sport, and went on to play hoops for the Westminster Griffins.

“I didn’t have the body to play football. I was a tall, skinny kid who liked to sit outside and shoot threes,” Brown told the Salt Lake Tribune. While in college, Brown was hired as an intern at a top accounting firm, and eventually was offered a full time gig, thus dropping out of school to start his career as an accountant. A few short months later the firm had closed it’s doors in Utah and he was transferred to California, where things didn’t go as planned and he left his career to come back to Utah and finish his degree.

Les was helping his brother, Brayden Brown, an NFL hopeful get ready for the draft when BYU’s trainer Chad Ikei convinced him to forget his career, because he had a future as an NFL Tight End. Brown rolled with the punches and it eventally paid off. Brown left school once again, moved to Hawaii and joined a “three month boot camp” to get in shape, and turn himself into an NFL player.

In his three month transition, Brown went from 215 lbs and 15% body fat, to a more NFL ready frame at 238 lbs and 8% body fat. Shortly thereafter he attended BYU’s pro day and paved his way to a three year deal with the Fins. “It was an overwhelming feeling for all of us,” Brown said When I quit school, some of my friends thought I was foolish, chasing some kind of high school dream. They thought I had a better shot at hitting the lottery than making the NFL. But I was doing it for me. I’d always wondered, ‘What if I had played football?’ All I wanted was a chance,” He said “When I started on this journey, I never thought this would happen.”

Brown will enter training camp with competition at the position, joining Anthony Fasano, Charles Clay, Jeron Mastrud and Will Yeatman for a chance at making the 53 man opening day roster.


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