Nebraska Husker running back coach, Ron Brown was the guest speaker at the Husker Football Roundup sponsored by the Broken Bow Evangelical Free Church. Nearly 150 people were in attendance for the event at Huckleberry’s Hideout Saturday evening.
The evening began with a buffet dinner followed by Husker trivia given by Broken Bow’s Dan Anderson and Scott Harvey. During the dinner, the guests were treated to a video of great Husker moments from the 1990s.
Brown, who had driven straight from Lincoln after a full day of practice and team meetings, arrived just in time for some questions from the fans. As the new running backs coach, Brown showed the young running backs in the audience the proper way to carry the football.
“Lock it in,” said Brown. “Tuck is a four letter word we do not use!”
Another question asked of him was, ‘when did you accept Christ into you life?’
Brown went on to explain how he was adopted at a young age and did many things wrong, committed sin.
“I rejected Christ for a lot of years,” said Brown.
It was not until his senior year at Brown University, on NFL draft day, that he fell to his knees and prayed to God to lead his journey down the righteous path.
Brown’s path led him to coaching. He was an assistant coach for his alma mater when Tom Osborne called Brown University’s head coach to inquire about Brown.
Brown says that the Lord opened a door for him and Osborne took a chance on him even though his current head coach told Osborne not to hire him.
Brown joined the Husker staff in 1987 and was a prominent coach at Nebraska during the Osborne era. Brown continued to coach under head coach Frank Solich before former athletic director Steve Pederson fired the entire coaching staff in 2003.
Among the 2003 coaching staff that was fired was Bo Pelini. Pelini had told Brown that if he ever became a head coach, he wanted him on his staff.
Brown never thought that the opportunity would ever come about. But, in 2008, Pelini was hired as Nebraska’s head coach and followed through on his word hiring Brown as the tight ends coach.
During Brown’s four-year absence away from coaching, he served as the Nebraska State Director of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes.
Brown has never disconnected football from God. He shares his belief in Christ and God on and off the field.
Brown described how his mission to pass his beliefs has been criticized as a motivational speaker in public schools. The ACLU (American Civil Liberties Union) Nebraska warned schools not to invite Brown to speak because he promotes his religion.
“I will share what I believe to be the truth,” said Brown. “My mission is to get the message of Christ in schools.”
Brown shared his views about how our schools and nation have become negotiators. Negotiating what should and should not be taught is our public schools when the founders of our country were Christian men and women.
“We need to dominate, not negotiate our beliefs in Christ,” said Brown.
Brown’s message ‘Don’t be afraid to bring Christ into your life!’ was crystal clear.
“We all need a father who will forgive us!” he said.