Brown goes from Beef 'O' Brady's to Super Bowl
HUNTINGTON -- Omar Brown will slide into his No. 38 Baltimore Ravens jersey, see the Super Bowl XLVII patch sewn onto the front and for a moment will think about what it took to get there.
Thirteen and a half months ago Brown was playing safety for Marshall University in the Beef 'O' Brady's Bowl.
Brown was asked this week if he ever thought he'd go from that bowl game to the Super Bowl in such a short time and responded emphatically by saying, "No. Not at all."
Undrafted NFL rookies such as Brown are more focused on getting a tryout and making a team than setting a goal of playing in pro football's biggest game.
"This season, this past year itself, has been a roller coaster full of emotions," Brown said.
Brown was signed by Baltimore as a rookie free agent on May 10, 2012, played in preseason games and was waived on Aug. 31, 2012 and re-signed to the practice squad the next day.
The Ravens released him again on Nov. 13, 2012, to make room for quarterback Dennis Dixon.
Baltimore brought Brown back to the practice squad on Nov. 17, 2012, and promoted him to the 53-player roster on Dec. 13, 2012, to help fill a special teams need.
In three regular season games Brown made three tackles, including a drive-killing quarterback sack against the New York Giants. Baltimore won, 33-14, which was its only victory in the final five games of the regular season.
"I've had a lot of ups and a lot of downs," Brown said. "As far as the success of making it to the NFL, then getting cut, then being put on practice squad and then activated. The way I've been able to control all of that and keep myself motivated throughout all of this and keep working hard is to control what I can control.
"And that's just give the effort I was always giving, play the game the way I've been playing it, and let everything take care of itself."
Brown said he stays positive and keeps focus through adversity because that's how he was raised. Brown saw how his mother handled things and that helped mold him, he said.
He never gets too high or low on himself, Brown said.
A lot of people will be rooting for Brown in the Super Bowl -- his family and friends, his agent, Thundering Herd Nation.
"It feels great," Brown said. "To start out where I started, to be where I'm at now, it's just a blessing, a great feeling."