When Greenbrier’s Thomas Brown signed his letter of intent Wednesday, he made a move with long-reaching implications.
The Wolfpack’s multi-sport star signed with the U.S. Air Force Academy, making official a decision he had been keeping under his hat for a while.
“I decided last month that I wanted to go to Air Force,” Brown said. “They were my first offer. They offered me at the end of my junior year and it just seemed right.”
Becoming a military man and the five years of obligated service after graduation weren’t main factors in his decision-making process, but rather what the academy could offer the prospective lawyer.
“What I’ve heard, it should be a good life for me after football,” Brown said. “Football player and a lawyer, that’s the dream.”
Brown also is a main cog in the Wolfpack basketball program, but does not plan to play multiple sports.
Parents Tara and Dallas Hooks are impressed with the path their son chose.
“Sometimes it’s hard for a 17-year-old to show a lot of maturity,” said Dallas Hooks. “It’s not just a college decision, but a life decision and a pretty smart one.”
It might take some time for the 2011 Region 2-AAAA North Defensive Player of the Year to take the field at the safety position as he is slated to spend a year at the Academy Preparatory School.
Just being able to practice isn’t what he considers his biggest football challenge to be.
“The hardest thing will be getting used to the difference between high school and college football,” he said.