Levi Brown was a key member of the 2005 Penn State team. He played left tackle on the greatest offensive line assembled in Happy Valley since the turn of the century. Earning All-Big Ten honors in 2005 and 2006, Brown also was a first-team All-American his senior season.
This production led to his being drafted fifth overall in the 2007 NFL draft by the Arizona Cardinals. Brown played in 81 games over the course of seven seasons. His initial rookie contract was worth upwards of $62,000,000, so the big guy is likely set for life financially barring a series of horrifically bad decisions.
That hasn’t stopped him from continuing to strive for new success. He earned two degrees while a player at Penn State, one in labor and industrial relations and another in psychology. This past May he added a third Penn State degree, a masters in human resources and employment relations. Brown started the master’s work while a player at Penn State, then chipped away at it through the Penn State World Campus during his NFL career. Pairing together five years of scholarship football at Penn State, and the tuition reimbursement program in the NFL, Brown was able to obtain all three degrees without spending any his hard-earned money.
He should be a role model to both students and athletes who follow in his large footsteps. His academic accomplishments are something that would surely make his former college coach, the late great Joe Paterno, proud.
Only 67 more days until Penn State football.