The Graduate

June 27, 2004

Completed the high school career of Louisville Trinity High's
Brian Brohm. As the Nov. 18, 2002, cover boy for SI's nationwide
look at the state of high school sports, Brohm, then a junior,
represented a dying breed: the schoolboy three-sport athlete. He
played the last of his 164 games in a Shamrocks uniform last
Friday, when Trinity's baseball team lost in the state
semifinals. "To have the chance to play for three state
championships in three different sports," he said afterward, "I
couldn't ask for anything more than that."

In an era of increased specialization in high school athletics,
Brohm was the rare Renaissance jock who starred in every sport he
played. As a rightfielder, he hit .400 and was picked by the
Rockies in the 49th round of last week's draft. He averaged 9.6
points and 6.0 rebounds as a forward on the first basketball team
in his school's 51-year history to advance to the state's sweet
16 playoffs. And he quarterbacked the Shamrocks to three
consecutive 4-A titles, winning the championship game MVP each
time. He threw for 10,579 yards and 119 touchdowns with just 14
interceptions, numbers noticed by virtually every big-time
Division 1-A program in the country. Still, Brohm surprised
almost no one when he signed in January with Louisville, where
his brother Jeff is the quarterbacks coach.

Brohm, who will stick to football in college, carried a 3.7 GPA
and honed his penmanship on the hundreds of SI covers he's signed
since his appearance. "I still see a couple almost every week,"
he says. Perhaps what's most impressive is Brohm's refusal to
believe his own hype. "Being on the cover of SI made me more
noticed," he says, "but it didn't affect the way I did anything.
I still tried to play the same way." Which is to say, frequently
and well.

--Josh Elliott

B/W PHOTO: LYNN JOHNSON (SI COVER) COLOR PHOTO: JAMIE RHODES (BROHM) LOUISVILLE SLUGGER? Though a natural hitter, Brohm will focus on football in college.

HOLE YARDS PAR R1 R2 R3 R4
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