Warrior Spirit

From tragedy to triumph at Army
January 10, 2011

It was a bittersweet year for Army running back Malcolm Brown. His low point was perhaps the most horrifying moment of the 2010 season. Late in the fourth quarter of Army's 23--20 overtime loss to Rutgers at New Meadowlands Stadium on Oct. 16, Brown was returning a kickoff when he was hit by Scarlet Knights defensive tackle Eric LeGrand. The collision left Brown with a broken collarbone. It also fractured two of LeGrand's vertebrae and left him paralyzed from the neck down. Shaken, Brown wrote LeGrand a letter shortly after the game, saying, "Stay strong ... and trust in the Lord." (LeGrand is now breathing without a ventilator, and there is a measure of hope for his long-term recovery.)

Last week Brown ended the year on a high note. On Thursday in Dallas the sophomore helped the Black Knights (7--6) to their first winning season in 14 years, scoring Army's only offensive TD in a 16--14 victory over SMU in the Armed Forces Bowl. On his scoring run Brown flashed the speed that made him the Cadets' most consistent outside threat, taking a pitch from quarterback Trent Steelman and sprinting 13 yards around left end. Little wonder coach Rich Ellerson calls Brown "one of our best football players."

"After I came back," says Brown of the LeGrand incident, "I just tried to play every down like it was my last. Everything can be over in a heartbeat."

PHOTOMIKE FUENTES/AP (BROWN)FINISHING STRONG Brown scored three of his six TDs in the Cadets' final two games.

HOLE YARDS PAR R1 R2 R3 R4
OUT
HOLE YARDS PAR R1 R2 R3 R4
IN
Eagle (-2)
Birdie (-1)
Bogey (+1)
Double Bogey (+2)