• John Macon Gillespie

Ben Brown Looks to Further His Family’s Legacy

Ole Miss preaches how important family is to the University and to the athletics program. One in-state high school signee is the perfect example of this commitment to family. Ben Brown, an Ole Miss legacy, has been committed to the Rebels ever since they offered him a scholarship in February of 2016.

Brown played his high school ball in the state of Mississippi at St. Aloysius in Vicksburg. The Flashes finished 3-8 during Brown’s senior campaign, good enough for third in the MAIS AAA District 3 division. His time with the Flashes was one filled with memories for Brown, “I am just grateful that I had the opportunity to play for Christian coaches and alongside my brother and friends at St. Aloysius. I feel tremendously blessed.”

He considers his time at St. Aloysius influential in his growth as a person and as an athlete. “I also hope that guys playing ball at small schools realize that they, too, can accomplish their dream of playing football at a school like Ole Miss” Brown said.

Brown’s family is one that has been entrenched in the University of Mississippi for decades. His father, Tim Brown, lettered at the University from 1988-1989 as an offensive guard.

Tim, the current pastor at First Presbyterian Church in Vicksburg, moved his family around the South a lot over his career. Despite traveling and living in numerous states, Brown’s love for Mississippi never wavered.

“Even though we moved a lot, Mississippi was always home. My grandparents and most of my family lives here, so we visited all the time,” Tim told SES University.

While Mississippi is where his heart was, Brown and his brother, Bash Brown, discussed playing for another big time program. “When I was little, we lived in Austin, Texas, across from the University of Texas campus for three years while my dad was in seminary, and my brother and I kinda wanted to be Longhorns. We had a stuffed Bevo and could flash the hook 'em horns sign.” Despite the boyhood love for Texas, Brown returned to Mississippi; “we moved again, and we were back to being Rebels.”

Brown had two grandfathers who are honored on the University campus along the Walk of Champions. Allen Brown (1962-64) and Bobby Robinson (1962-64) both played for the Rebels.

When asked about his legacy at St. Aloysius, Brown responded “Legacy is a big word, and I'm not sure that I feel worthy to say I'm leaving a legacy.”

Despite this, Brown does have a few things he looks to leave behind with the Flashes.

“But what I do want people to remember about me [is] that I did my best with the gifts God gave me on the football field, in the classroom, and around my town. I hope that I set a good example for the guys coming up to give it their all, to never quit, to sacrifice for the good of the team,” He said.

Brown considers it a great honor to play at Ole Miss. “Most of all, I feel blessed. I'm a Mississippi boy, and I consider it a tremendous honor and privilege to have the opportunity to play college football in my home state.”

He understands what the South is like and how the culture can shape a person.

“With my dad being a pastor, we moved all over the South for most of my childhood, so I know how important it is to have roots here and be close to my family and friends” Brown said.

Offensive line coach Matt Luke has discussed Brown’s role on the team with the young star. “Coach Luke thinks I would be a really good offensive guard. This summer, however, I went to camp as an offensive tackle and coach Luke said he loved me there as well.”

Brown understands that as a Rebel, he will have to be like a swiss-army knife on the offensive line for Ole Miss. Just as many of his fellow teammates in the trenches are. It is something Luke likes in his group, and Brown fits that mold.

“I am fine playing either position. The offensive linemen have to be versatile at Ole Miss since they have experience at most of the positions on the line. Sean Rawlings played both tackle and guard. Javon Patterson played guard and center when needed. I will play anywhere Ole Miss needs me,” Brown explained.

With new offensive coordinator Phil Longo now at Ole Miss, Brown is prepared to adapt to the offense that he implements. “I just met Coach Longo a few days ago, and I like him a lot. He has been a very successful coach. I will give him my best effort.”

Brown took his official visit to Oxford last month. The 6-foot-6 offensive tackle knew he had made the right choice then. “Mississippi is my home, and I wouldn't want to be anywhere else. The friendliest, kindest, most loving people in the nation live right here. I'm going to do my best to represent them on and off the field as an Ole Miss Rebel."

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