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Navy's belief after injury meant plenty to Brookwood's Brown

Josh Brown didn't get the senior season he deserved.

When the Brookwood running back tore his ACL in the first game of the season, he knew he was watching the rest of his final high school season.

“For the first part of the season it was a lot of down,” Brown said of watching Brookwood lose its first three games. “I decided I needed to change my mindset. It (ended) more than I ever could have imagined.”

During the season, recruiters still called on Brown and no school pulled an offer, but Navy arrived and offered the running back a scholarship while he was still rehabbing his knee.

“That meant a lot to me,” Brown said. “They believed in me despite my knee.”

But Brown's real reason for signing for Navy was to chase a dream. In second grade, he said, he wrote down four goals: play football, be a king, go to space and grow a mustache. He scratched the first one off his list in fourth grade and took care of No. 2 when he was named homecoming king this year.

“The Navy is my easiest path to being an astronaut,” said Brown, who is still working on that mustache.