On Friday, November 12, Alex Brown prepared for the toughest football match of his life. In that context, it says a lot about his strength that this is also the greatest match of his career.
Taking to the field just a day after his mother Michelle passed away after a 15-year battle with breast cancer, the Red Bank Catholic senior quarterback delivered an epic performance, setting a record to match a film script. In Caseys’ 58-34 win over Morris Catholic in the NJSIAA Non-Public B quarter-finals, Brown turned magical with 238 yards of passes and six touchdowns, plus 76 yards of charge and two touchdowns. He set a school game record in the process and captured the hearts of thousands at the Jersey Shore and beyond.
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“For 15 years, my mother has been a boxer, and for 15 years she has made me stronger,” Brown said before Caseys practice Wednesday at Count Basie Field. “Having her battle in front of me and in front of my family makes me who I am. It made me do what I do on the pitch, not just on Friday nights but throughout my career. Especially that night, with my circumstances and having my family around me, it lit up a spark in me. She watched over me. You could tell she was with us on that pitch. “
Brown helped Caseys advance with a 52-yard touchdown pass to second-wide receiver Emanuel Ross and then a 39-yard touchdown pass. RBC took a 19-0 lead after the break and opened up a 31-0 advantage in the third half. He had a total of three touchdown passes with Ross, a 40-yard touchdown pass for senior Rajahn Cooper, a 40-yard touchdown pass for senior Jaidin Haynes, and a touchdown pass for junior Robert Stolfa.
It was a performance that could be described as unconscious, but Brown couldn’t be more present.
“When I threw that first touchdown card, I could feel her presence with me,” Brown said. “I just go with it. The first thing I did was point to the sky and say, ‘thank you mom’. I ran to the crowd and I literally had 50 of my family and friends right there shouting my name. I just kept thanking her and pointed to the sky.”
“You think about what happened the day before and the news he received and where his feelings were,” said Red Bank Catholic head coach Mike Lange. “But when I met him on Thursday, he said, ‘Okay, I’ll see you at practice in 20 minutes,’ and that in itself was remarkable. And then you see how it goes on Friday night. It was a unique and special moment. ”
After the game, Brown sent a tribute to his mother on Twitter and it went viral almost immediately.
Before long, Brown was featured on ESPN’s social media accounts and flooded with messages of support, including one from legendary Tampa Bay Buccaneers defender Tom Brady. Since then, he has done interviews with FOX, CBS, etc. His story of pain and perseverance has resonated with people from coast to coast.
“I’ve received thousands upon thousands of texts and DMs, people sharing their stories, cancer, losing a parent, whether it’s a battle or just me being sad or happy,” Brown said. ” “I have had the most support I have ever had in my life. Maybe it was a message from my mom or just people realizing that this is a special story but maybe it could help others. I am so grateful for everything and everyone.”
The latest gesture came on Wednesday when Brown was presented with a signed jersey and a message of encouragement from Indianapolis Colts All-Pro guard and former Red Bank Catholic superstar Quenton Nelson.
“It just shows you what the connectivity of this program is,” says Lange. For someone of his status to be able to go back to his school and a child to be able to uplift him in any way he can, it’s special. ”
Brown recalled the October 15 game of Red Bank Catholic at Rumson-Fair Haven, where his mother was present. Alex’s brother, Markus, was a close receiver/finisher for the sophomore Bulldogs and their mother was able to watch them both play on the same field in front of over 5,000 fans. Red Bank Catholic won 21-14 and Brown hit the ground with a pass in the win.
“To have such a crowd and play in front of my mother and make her proud, for her to see both of her sons play a great game, I’m sure it touched the heart. her and make her fight even longer,” Brown said. “It was the last game she could come on and it was a special way to come out.”
Brown lived most of his life in Manhattan before his family moved to the Middletown/Rumson area while he was in high school. He played his freshman season at St. Peter’s Prep in Jersey City before joining Mater Dei Prep’s soccer program, where he was a two-year starter and All-Shore selection. When Mater Dei closed his pre-season varsity football program, he switched to Red Bank Catholic. He entered as newcomer and old rival but was greeted with open arms.
“It means the world,” Brown said. “I only got here a few years ago but the Shore community, especially RBC, it’s the best family and I’m so grateful to all the players and all the coaches. It’s something special. ”
“I think it brought us closer together,” Lange said. “A situation like that is the worst that a kid can be in and I think the school, the coaches, the kids are all rallying around him. I think that makes it a special situation in all good ways. “
Brown has been inspired by his mother on and off the field since he was old enough to understand her battle. That certainly won’t change now that she’s passed away. If anything, it prompted him to keep her name current and honor her memory with everything he did. The next opportunity will come this Friday night when Red Bank Catholic hosts St. Joseph Academy in the NJSIAA Non-Public B. Caseys semifinals are two wins from a state title.
“We have to get it done,” Brown said. “Two more games and a big one coming this Friday and hopefully an even bigger one after that. Honestly, I think it’s fate and destiny. The way these guys work, the coaches come in for extra days, the players work all summer; It’s hard to beat a family when you’re this close and you have so much love in the community. “
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