Arthur Brown Follow-Up Interview
Sr / Kansas State / LB

Updated - 3-25-13

By: Alex Khvatov

 

Alex Khvatov:  What are your measurements (height, weight and forty time)?

Arthur Brown:  I am about 236 pounds right now.  I was about 6’1 at Kansas State.  The last forty time that I recorded was a 4.46.            

 

Alex Khvatov:  What schools recruited you when you were coming out of high school?

Arthur Brown:  It got down to five schools.  Kansas State, North Carolina, Alabama, USC and Miami, FL.            

 

Alex Khvatov:  Why did you eventually choose Miami, FL?

Arthur Brown:  It was a decision that I made with my parents.  We all thought that it was a very conducive environment for me not only as a player, but as a young man.  The main reason what drew me to Miami was my position coach Micheal Barrow.  I felt like he could mold me into a player and a young man which was important to me and to my parents at the time.  That was one of the main factors which drew me to Miami.  The campus, the people and the environment were the right fit for me at that time.                    

 

Alex Khvatov:  Describe your career at Miami to us.   

Arthur Brown:  It was a learning experience to say the most.  In two seasons, I played majority of the snaps on special teams.  I played on kickoff and punt returns.  I didn’t see playing time at the LB position.  But it was just a growing process and a learning experience for me.  It is something that I am thankful for. 

 

Alex Khvatov:  Why did you decide to leave Miami? 

Arthur Brown:  It was a decision that was made along with my parents.  I wanted to come back home.  I received the advice from my father.  He recommended that it would be best for me to come back home. 

 

Alex Khvatov:  Why did you decide to transfer to Kansas State? 

Arthur Brown:  I wanted to make the decision that was best for me.  But it wasn’t a decision that I made on my own.  It was a family decision.  My parents felt that it would be best for me to attend Kansas State. 

 

Alex Khvatov:  Tell us about your career at Kansas State.

Arthur Brown:  It was definitely more of a highlight for me.  I redshirted that first year.  I had the opportunity to come into a new system and learn it.  I had the opportunity to grow and develop as a player.  I had the chance to adapt to new personnel.  I was very productive the following year on the field.  I had a lot of help from my teammates.  A lot of my achievements couldn’t have been accomplished without the help of my teammates.  I give credit to them. 

 

Alex Khvatov:  What makes your head coach Bill Snyder so successful?

Arthur Brown:  He is a great person and that contributes to his success.  He cares about people.  He is a guy that doesn’t look for the top talent.  He is looking for guys that care for others.  He is looking for guys who are willing to sell out for their teammates.  He is a great coach.  He knows how to put the pieces of the puzzle together.  He knows the guys on the team very well.  He is able to bring new guys who will compliment those guys that are already on the team. 

 

Alex Khvatov:  What are your strengths?

Arthur Brown:  It is my ability to use my speed and agility from side to side.  I can impact the game in so many different ways.  I am a playmaker.  The key asset to my game is speed. 

 

Alex Khvatov:  What areas of your game are you trying to improve upon?

Arthur Brown:  I need improvement in all areas.  I need to have a better understanding of the game and the system.               

     

Alex Khvatov:  Tell us about your Senior Bowl experience.

Arthur Brown:  I wasn’t able to participate in the practices because of a shoulder injury.  It was hard because I wasn’t able to compete against the rest of the guys.  It was a valuable learning experience for me as a whole.  That is why I stuck around throughout the week.  I wanted to see it from a different perspective and take it all in.  It was kind of like an introduction to the next level. 

 

Alex Khvatov:  Is this a serious shoulder injury that you are dealing with?  Or was it more of an injury precaution to sit out the Senior Bowl week?  

Arthur Brown:  It was more of a precaution from my side, my parents’ side and my agent’s side.  I wanted to do more rehab in order to strengthen it.  I wanted to be truly ready for the next step. 

 

Alex Khvatov:  What did you learn about yourself during that week? 

Arthur Brown:  I learned that football is still the same.  But there is a business component that is added to it at the next level.  That was the introduction for me to the NFL.  I learned that you have to come in with a business mindset.  But you still have to enjoy the game.   

 

Alex Khvatov:  Did you bond with any of the players at the Senior Bowl?

Arthur Brown:  Khaseem Greene was my roommate.  He is an OLB from Rutgers.  He was a great influence on everyone.  He had a drive.  He is a great player.               

 

Alex Khvatov:  What can we expect from you at the Scouting Combine?

Arthur Brown:  I plan on participating and being there throughout the whole week.  I plan on participating fully.  I will hold off on doing the bench press.  My training has been geared more towards field drills rather than the weight room.  I plan on doing pretty much everything else.  I hope to show my versatility at the combine.  I want to show that I can be productive in any scheme.      

 

Alex Khvatov:  Are you looking forward to the Combine?  Is it something that you are thinking about a lot?

Arthur Brown:  I am not really thinking about it a lot.  I am just preparing physically and mentally for it.  I am not sure what to expect.  But I am ready to perform for whatever is to come.        

 

Alex Khvatov:  What is the highlight of your football career up to this point?

Arthur Brown:  I would say that having the opportunity to come back home.  My parents got to see my college experience.  They had the opportunity to see me play at Kansas State.  I was also part of the team that understands the value of team work.  They really embraced it.  I am so appreciative of Coach Snyder.  He is truly about the team.      

  

Alex Khvatov:  What separates you from all of the other players at your position?

Arthur Brown:  I really don’t know.  I haven’t had the chance to look at the other guys at my position.  But the one thing that does separate me is my commitment.  I definitely have an attitude.  I will strive and invest the time in being successful. 

 

Alex Khvatov:  Who is your favorite NFL player?

Arthur Brown:  I couldn’t point one out to you in particular.    

 

Alex Khvatov:  What did you enjoy the most about playing college football?

Arthur Brown:  It was mostly the relationships that were built throughout time.  Camp was also very memorable.  It was probably the most stressful time.  It was the part of the year that we all had to come together.  I think that it is the time when guys grow closer and the relationships are built.         

 

Alex Khvatov:  What is your definition of a leader? 

Arthur Brown:  It is someone who is willing to do whatever it takes.  It is someone who understands that his success is depended on the success of others around him.  It is someone who cares for other guys and leads those guys.  He has to understand that he is also in position of following.  He has to depend not only on himself, but on his team. 

 

Alex Khvatov:  What is the greatest lesson that you have learned in life thus far?

Arthur Brown:  To make the most of the opportunities.  You also need to value the time and the people that you are with. 

 

Alex Khvatov:  Who is the best player that you have faced over your career?

Arthur Brown:  I played with some great guys on the defensive side of the ball.  Meshak Williams was a great leader for our team.  He was a great player.  Collin Klein is another exceptional leader.  He was truly a guy that I looked up to. 

 

Alex Khvatov:  Why was Kansas State so successful this past season?

Arthur Brown:  I would say that it was our leadership.  It started with Coach Snyder.  We understand that he cares about us not only as players, but as people.  We are all 100% behind him.  We all bought into his system.  We believed in it.  We believed in one another.  We played for each other day in and day out.                                  

 

Alex Khvatov:  What are your hobbies?  

Arthur Brown:  When I am not on the field or training, I enjoy spending time with my family.  I speak to my mother and father constantly throughout the week.  If I am not in direct contact, I am on the phone with them.  I speak to friends as well with the little spare time that I do have away from football.

 

Alex Khvatov:  What has your brother Bryce Brown told you about the NFL?

Arthur Brown:  Our relationship is not built around football.  It never has been.  But it is something that we have always participated in together.  I haven’t talked to Bryce a whole lot about the NFL.  But I have been able to watch him play and see him grow.  I have seen his whole approach to the game change.  He approaches the game differently now.  I just have to remember that it is a business.  I just need to keep everything in perspective.  Enjoy the game and make the most of the opportunities.               

 

Alex Khvatov:  What do you plan to do with your life after your football career is over?

Arthur Brown:  No, I haven’t thought about it.  I am taking it one step at a time.  I don’t want to get ahead of myself.  My next step is to perform and do great at the combine.  I don’t want to look past it. 

 

Alex Khvatov:  At this point, is the NFL a dream or a reality?

Arthur Brown:  It is a little bit of both.  I have been playing the game of football since second grade.  I realized in high school that I had the opportunity to take it even further than I have ever dreamed of.  Now I am in the position to have this opportunity.  I have the opportunity to play at the next level.  But I feel that it is a dream that is unfolding into reality.          

 

Alex Khvatov:  Finish the sentence, Arthur Brown is….  

Arthur Brown:  I am a laid back guy.  I am soft spoken.  I definitely have a passion for what I do.  I know the impact that I have on my family and others around me.        

 


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