Detroit Lions receiver Amon-Ra St. Brown is just different.
He walks different. He talks different. He plays different than anybody else in Lions history. He is loud and quiet at the same time. He gets loud when he rattles off all the wide receivers he was passed over for before he finally became the Lions fourth round selection in the 2021 draft. Otherwise he goes about his busy in the back ground although he is front and center as quarterback Jared Goff’s favorite target.
He is currently tied for 10th in the NFL in receptions (57) with Kansas City Chiefs tight end Travis Kelce and ninth in receiving yards (665). Do you notice how much Kelce is praised for his pass catching ability – and this was before Taylor Swift – and how little love St. Brown gets?
By the way St. Brown is no one-hit wonder. He grabbed 106 balls for 1,161 yards last season.
It is so much fun to go into the Lions dressing room and listening to St. Brown speak German or French for visiting film crews. Like I said, the man is different.
Even his name is different.
He was named after Egyptian deity Amun who was a member of the Hermopolitan Ogdoad. I’m not sure what that means but his father John Brown certainly knows because he studied Egyptian history.
I wanted to reintroduce Lions fans to St. Brown because the Lions are coming off a bye week and our sports media has been saturated with the University of Michigan scouting scandal. The unbeaten Wolverines (6-0) are not the only good football team around here. So are the 6-2 Lions and St. Brown is a big reason why.
St. Brown is a bye product of his father John brown and mother Miriam, who raised their sons to obtain greatness. Amon is not only a great football player but a great man. Down the road we will see him raise his own family behind a white picket fence. He will head up civic projects in Detroit or Southern California near and dear to him.
And he will break NFL records. This man is always open, figuring out zone defenses and leveraging himself against man to man coverage. He is a thinking man’s wide receiver.
By now you’ve all heard about how St. Brown catches 200 balls after practice off the Juggs machine. Teammates have begun to do the same thing. Here is the difference. St. Brown stands 10 yards from the machine where balls come off faster and with more intensity. His teammates usually catch balls 15-20 yards down field where the velocity diminishes.
The man is just different.
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