I think I may have a new underdog to root for when the NFL season starts. His name is Les Brown and he is an accountant. Yes, Les is an accountant for a private equity firm in Florida, and has recently signed a contract to play tight end for the Miami Dolphins.
According to the Salt Lake Tribune, Les stated that “I didn’t have the body to play football. I was a tall, skinny kid who liked to sit outside and shoot threes.” Typically, if you don’t play football in college, you pretty much have no chance of making the NFL but Les, who played basketball for Westminster College, has defied those odds.
While playing college basketball, Les took an internship at Huntsman Gay Global Capital and was later offered a full-time gig. He gave up his hoop dreams and dropped out of school to work at the firm. After relocating to the West Palm Beach branch, Les decided to go back to school in Utah to complete his college degree. While studying, he was helping his brother Braden, an offensive lineman at BYU, prepare for the NFL Draft. During this time, he met a trainer for BYU, Chad Ikei, who would change his life forever.
According to Les, Chad looked at him and said “you've got the rest of your life to work. You could be a great tight end.” After working with Les in Hawaii in a three month boot camp, Chad showcased him at BYU’s pro day on March 29th. His numbers were eye popping. Brown had the best vertical jump (39 inches), broad jump (10 feet, 3 inches), and 40 yard time (4.43 seconds) of all the football players attending BYU’s pro day. Les had done enough to garner the interest from the Giants, Raiders, Colts, Packers, and Dolphins. He ended up picking the Dolphins and signing a three year contract. Les faces some stiff competition with the Dolphins already having 4 TE’s on their roster, but with continued hard work, he has an excellent chance of making the active 53 man roster. So if you are reading this article Les, good luck and we will be rooting for you to catch some passes this year for the Dolphins during the regular season!
For now, here is a tribute to Les that was uploaded on YouTube: