Pope John Paul XXIII’s Brown In The Spotlight
Added by Heidi Torregroza on August 27, 2013.
Sparta’s Noah Brown strides to the end zone after making an opponent miss.
Pope John Paul XXIII High School football senior Noah Brown is a player to watch during the 2013 season, if his 2012 highlights are any indication.
Brown played wide receiver, running back and returner, compiling strong statistics that have many elite college football programs looking at the Sparta product. Brown rushed 98 times for 847 yards and 14 touchdowns, caught 41 passes for 630 yards and six touchdowns and returned four kickoffs for touchdowns in 2012.
While getting to know Brown, he displayed a perfect balance between modesty and confidence — a rare trait to find in athletes as gifted as him these days.
Brown started his journey to the top at five years old when he began playing flag football in Flanders, N.J. Although football is his strong point, Brown considered basketball his favorite sport up until the ninth grade before football took over. Brown’s coaches at Pope John Paul XXIII saw potential in him early when they named him the starting running back as a freshman.
Except for a couple bumps along the road, such as giving up the game winning touchdown in the state semifinals, Brown thrived in the running back position. Brown says his mistakes have made him a better player and even though they can be embarrassing in the moment, he uses them as his biggest learning experiences.
When his coaches transitioned him from running back to wide receiver, Brown began to flourish and earned the recognition that he has today. When asked what his favorite part of the sport is, Brown responded with, “The feeling of winning and seeing my hard work pay off.”
Brown’s social life outside of getting recognition from colleges is pretty normal.
Brown hangs out with his friends and family when he isn’t in the classroom or on the football field. However, in an industry where there are teens with such bright futures, it is very easy to acquire fake friends or outside people trying to be a part of your success. About that issue, Brown says, “I keep my circle small…A lot of my of my close friends are on my team and going through the same thing as I am.”
When I asked a friend of Brown to describe him in two words, he responded, “very reliable, because he is always there to help out as a friend and a teammate.” With his family, especially his mom and little sister as his biggest fans, along with his teammates, Brown’s decision on where he will play college football will lay heavy on his heart because this is one that can decide his destiny.
When asked if he was anxious or nervous about the decision, Brown answered he was excited because he is confident in himself and his future. Having a father who played basketball for Seton Hall and an older brother who played football for Gardner Webb University, he was born with two strong influences to look up to. Brown says his family will be supportive of whatever decision he makes.
Brown is practicing and training hard with his team along with taking more official college visits. Brown’s goals for the 2013 season are to win a Group Three state championship for the school (never accomplished at Pope John Paul XXIII) and to prepare himself as much as he can for college.
Brown is currently deciding between Ohio State, Vanderbilt, Rutgers and Virginia Tech. While he has no clear favorite, one thing that will play a big role in his choice is the education he will receive. Brown says getting the opportunity to receive a free education has been one of his greatest accomplishments yet. Many are anxious to hear his decision but confident that his decision will be for the best.
Noah Brown is an ambitious athlete with a great personality and endless charisma. It is no wonder a significant amount of the best schools in the nation are interested in the young man. With Noah Brown’s talent and drive, good things will come his way and we at Double G Sports are anxious to see the results.