Meet Cam Brown, whose football talents kept him from becoming a professional bowler
Cam Brown is a junior cornerback at Ohio State, who has five pass breakups so far this season. That total puts him one behind team-leader Denzel Burke.
That's despite the fact that Brown has only played in two games, having missed the season opener against Minnesota and the Week 4 matchup with Akron.
Even prior to this year, Brown's career at OSU had been marked by injuries. He played in five games as a true freshman in 2018 before he hurt his leg and had to miss the remainder of the season. Last year, he started the first two games before he ruptured his Achilles.
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Brown, a member of the 2018 recruiting class, was a four-star recruit out of St. Louis, where he was also a prolific wide receiver. He had 58 receptions for 934 yards and 13 touchdowns as a senior.
Learn more about Brown with this Columbus Dispatch Q&A.
Meet Ohio State football cornerback Cam Brown
Who's got the best nickname on the Buckeyes?
There's a lot of good names. We have (freshman cornerback Jakailin Johnson). We call him "Snacks." He's always with a snack, no matter what, in his bag. He's always eating junk food, always junk food snacks. That's just his thing. Yeah, he's got the coolest one.
Do you have one?
They call me "Cowboy."
Oh, yeah. Why?
So my freshman year, when I first started playing DB, I wasn't good at all. I always just stood out there like I was riding a saddle the whole time I was trying to cover somebody. So it looked crazy. But it's all right.
Do you like being called "Cowboy?"
At first, I did not like it. It took me about a year and a half to like it. But now? If someone called me that, I would answer. But not outside the facility.
Do you watch westerns, or listen to country music, or have a ten-gallon hat? Is there any other reason for your teammates to call you "Cowboy?"
Not that (anyone) else knows about, but I do watch a lot of cowboy movies, watch them with my dad — like old western movies, gunfight movies. A lot of stuff like that, like action-packed movies.
When you're not playing football, what do you like to do?
When I'm not playing football, I really just watch YouTube videos, like gaming videos. And I play the game. And I play with my dog all the time.
What kind of dog do you have and what's the name?
My dog, he is a mastiff, Doberman, St. Bernard, German shepherd, Russell terrier mix. So he's 6 months right now. He's about 120, 130 pounds. I don't do little dogs. I can't do that.
And his name is?
How'd you come up with the name Honcho?
He's going to be huge, so I want him to be the boss, the big boss one day. Call him Honcho. He's got a brindle color, so it's pretty cool.
What's something you do that's important that doesn't have anything to do with football?
Really just the most important thing for me is just having my friends and family. I try to talk to my parents every day. I talk to my brother a lot. Really just my mom, my dad, my brother, they're the most important people in the world.
Your brother is how old?
He is 23 years old. His name is Jordan Brown. He goes to Wichita State. He was the president of the Black student union. He helped the governor out with stuff in Wichita. He is very inspirational to me. He's a really good guy.
Who else is inspirational to you?
My mom and my dad. My mom has faced a lot of obstacles. She currently right now has lupus. One day, hopefully my dreams come true, being in the NFL and taking care of her and hopefully help everyone else with lupus. My dad, he motivates me to keep working hard. Growing up, he had like four jobs all the time. He was always working, working, working; because he said you can never work enough until you're comfortable, and he's never comfortable.
What is the one job that your dad had that you're like, 'Nope. Can't do it. Would not do it. I can't even believe you did that, Dad.'
Honestly, all his jobs I like because I got to do all of them. But the one job he said I can never do, right now he's a firefighter. ... He just got promoted to captain a few years ago. He just keeps on trying to work his way up the ranks.
My mom and dad shot that down. When I was little, they said, 'You'll never be a firefighter. Don't even think about it.'
I think I know, but why is that?
It's dangerous. Like walking through fire?
That's unadvisable, walking through fire?
Yeah. It's not good.
What is something about you that you wish Ohio State fans knew that they don't know right now?
I wish they knew that on-the-field me is a different me than off-the-field. On the field, I'm an angry, aggression type of guy. Off the field, I'm just a sweet guy who likes to have fun.
You don't think enough people know that you're a sweetheart?
From my view, they're probably like, 'OK. He's a little aggressive. He talks a lot.' But I really just stick to myself a lot. I'm a relaxed guy.
What's something that you've done that you're proud of, and it's not football related.
I really just always help people. That's always my biggest thing. 'How can I help this person do this?' On the field, off the field, even people I don't know, I still try to help them any way that I can.
I know you said you want to help your mom by becoming an NFL player someday. If you couldn't play football, what would you want to do?
It would have something to do with sports. I love sports so much. I grew up playing every sport you can even think of. I played golf, tennis, bowling — I got scholarships for bowling, too — baseball and all that stuff. It was really exciting.
Can you tell me how you got into bowling?
When I was younger, I didn't grow up in the best environment, so my parents tried to send me away to do everything. So I was always playing baseball during the baseball season, football in football season, basketball (in basketball season), tennis whenever in the summer. Bowling was my dad's thing. He used to be in this bowling league every Saturday. I would always go as a little kid. I was probably 6 years old, watching him bowl. Obviously, I got older. I was probably 8, 9, I started bowling. So dad got me into a little league, and I just kept going. Racked up some scholarship money when I was younger, just me doing a lot of tournaments. I was getting thousands of dollars from winning bowling tournaments. But I never used it, because football.
Have you ever bowled a perfect game?
Only on the Wii. Most I probably had was 230, and I was probably 14, 15.
Do you ever hustle your teammates with the bowling, like take them to the lanes?
No, I couldn't do them like that. I thought about it; but I was like, I can't be like that.
I looked at your social media feeds, and they are very sports focused.
Oh, yeah. Because that's all I really try to show the world. I don't really like giving my personal life to the world.
Well, then I probably shouldn't have come over here and asked nothing but personal questions.
No. You're good. You're good. I like to get it out now.