Editor’s Note: Since this article’s original posting, Red Bank Catholic won the NJSIAA championship game Nov. 26 against DePaul Catholic. To read more about RBC’s and Alex Brown’s path to the championship, read articles HERE and HERE.
With numerous national media outlets reporting on Alex Brown’s inspiring story, much of America knows about his eight-touchdown effort in Red Bank Catholic High School’s 58-36 Non-Public A football playoff win over Denville’s Morris Catholic Nov. 12 – just one day after his mom Michelle lost a 15-year battle with breast cancer.
What many don’t know is the courage he showed just hours after Michelle passed away.
“I went and saw him before practice at his house,” coach Mike Lange said. “He was upset, and in my mind, I didn’t think he was coming to practice. And when I left, he said ‘I’ll see you in 20 minutes.
“He came to practice and our team was happy to see him. I think it was reassuring he was OK … OK as he could be. Obviously, he was very emotional at the end of practice but he had every intent of playing. A kid dealing with that, then hours later going out to practice, it’s pretty remarkable.”
The next night, in the Caseys’ biggest game of the year to date, the Bucknell-bound senior threw for 236 yards and six touchdowns and ran for 76 yards and two more TDs.
After one of his scores, Brown knelt in the endzone, blessed himself and pointed to the sky in recognition of the strength he received from two different sources.