"I always mess with them boys all the time," Brown says of his newest teammates. He turned 23 this past August and, despite being a member of the Class of 2021, is still the seventh-youngest Ram on the active roster. "Especially because, you know, rookies got rookie duties. I can still tell them what to do, you know what I'm saying?"
Brown has admittedly done a lot of growing up since he was in those rookie cleats. And asked on this week's Rams Revealed what he'd tell his 20-year-old self in anticipation of the transition to the NFL, he offered this reflection.
"First off, I would tell him not to be so hard on (himself). Calm down, relax, and remember this is a child's game. Kids play this game," Brown said. "Learn to be a pro. Learn the game – on and off the field. And then respect the game. And you'll be fine."
After a redshirt year and a World Championship in his first season with the franchise, Brown served a suspension early in 2022, made his NFL debut in the depths of a difficult year for the Rams, and then had his 2023 disrupted by a knee injury that landed him on injured reserve.
Nonetheless, L.A. has entrusted a large portion of snaps to Brown in the middle of their defense. As Greg Gaines and A'Shawn Robinson continued their careers elsewhere, the Texas A&M product took over at nose guard and is the only 300-plus pound defensive lineman on the roster.
He reset the line of scrimmage well against Cleveland last weekend, recording a six-yard tackle for loss against the Browns as part of another stellar effort by the defense.
Now, Brown and the Rams set their sights on a trip to Baltimore to face a Ravens organization boasting the most efficient running offense in the league and Super Bowl aspirations.
Catch this edition of Rams Revealed for a preview of that Week 14 showdown, plus Brown's thoughts on a wide range of topics including Aggies football, fatherhood, and Steve Urkel.
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