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The Philosophy of Vincent Brown

Discussion in 'Chargers Fan Forum' started by Blue Bolt, May 31, 2012.

  1. Blue Bolt

    Blue Bolt Persona Non Grata

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    Being a receiver is academic to Chargers' Brown
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    Vincent Brown is running around Chargers Park this spring, catching everything but the wind.

    Seeing this and recalling the game against Oakland last November in which he caught five passes for 97 yards and one impressive touchdown, you start to believe with an offseason and full training camp that Brown might just be on the verge of being a significant player.

    Yet, before any of that, what he has accomplished already is momentous.

    Six units shy of a Philosophy degree when this past semester started, Brown completed two classes and earlier this month walked at San Diego State’s graduation, his family’s first college diploma in hand.

    And, get this, around the time his second NFL season starts ion September, an article that Brown co-authored will appear in the Journal of the Philosophy of Sport, the leading journal on the topic of the ethics of sports doping.

    Sorry, what? The Chargers have a published philosopher in their locker room?

    “That blew my mind,” said Chargers receiver Malcom Floyd, who attended Brown’s graduation ceremony. “He’s really intelligent … His professors really respect him and even the dean.”

    To further put it in perspective, consider that an undergraduate being published in philosophy is almost unheard of.

    Last spring, SDSU Professor Angelo Corlett was interested in the topic of doping in sports and knew one of his favorite pupils needed an independent study course. Corlett asked Brown to participate in compiling the paper. Their collaboration was part of The Philosophy Laboratory and Team Ethics, research institutions Corlett started to feature the work of his top students.

    “His work was essential,” Corlett said.

    Brown summarized articles and, according to Corlett, provided “his view as to whether what I was arguing from a philosophical standpoint made sense from an athlete’s standpoint.”

    For the fans and/or fantasy players who could care less about Existentialism and are unfamiliar with the works of Kierkegaard, understand that Brown’s academic and athletic pursuits are not completely exclusive.

    As Corlett said: “Sports are about brains, not just brawn.”

    Indeed, Brown is not the fastest or biggest receiver. But in addition to having sticky hands, he knows how to get open and uses his body to fight for balls. And Brown says thinking along the lines of his studies helps him recognize defenses, comprehend why certain plays are called and understand when adjustments need to be made, essential traits of elite receivers.

    After the Chargers took Brown 82nd overall in the 2011 draft, a hamstring injury suffered in training camp’s second practice forced him to the sideline for a month.

    Falling behind during such an absence often renders a rookie receiver useless the entire season, especially when factoring in the fact Norv Turner’s offensive playbook can make Immanuel Kant seem easily digested.

    But, even with no offseason program due to the NFL lockout and a limited preseason, Brown was able to assimilate enough to contribute by midseason, ending up with 19 receptions for 329 yards.

    It shouldn’t really be a surprise.

    “I like to learn,” Brown said.

    It takes a certain type of commitment to play collegiate athletics and even come close to graduating. Then, with real money in hand and free time as a temptress, Brown finished his degree quicker than many students -- athlete or not.

    Brown went to SDSU every week this past semester to get and turn in assignments and consult with his professors.

    His first course this spring was 19th Century European Philosophy, administered by Corlett, who candidly admits there is a limit to his passion for philosophy.

    “Some of those guys I had to assign him, I have to admit, they’re not the ones you get excited about,” Corlett said.

    He didn’t have to tell me philosophy can be boring. My beautiful and brilliant sister fell in love with a philosopher, thus subjecting the rest of us to years of blather and forcing us to pretend like we are listening when brother-in-law-Bob goes all polemic over a family barbeque.)

    Yet Corlett said Brown “got into it.”

    That highlights perhaps the most exciting trait Brown has, other than being able to reliably catch passes thrown his way. He will do whatever it takes.

    “One of the many beautiful things about Vincent,” Corlett said, “is that he never complains about anything. You give him something to do, he just does it. He’d say, ‘Yes sir, Doc C.’ “

    With a post-Vincent Jackson rebuilding going on in the Chargers receiving corps, Brown seems the right person at the perfect time to be making his advancement.

    “With school being out of the way, that’s a lot of weight off my shoulders,” he said. “… I’m just trying to improve on what I built upon last year. That was my big struggle last year – just trying to pick up the offense. Now, I already have the offense in my head. That’s big. Once I see how things are, then I can get it.”

    Clearly.
     
  2. Buck Melanoma

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    As long as he isn't contemplating his navel when he should be catching the ball, we're good. ;)
     
  3. Blue Bolt

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    I fixed it for you. ;)
     
  4. Ikeman83

    Ikeman83 Werter Pöbel

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    I liked the article. It made me warm and fuzzy inside.
     
  5. Buck Melanoma

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    From the feedback I read, Whitehurst will be contemplating the navel of his pick of female fans. ;)
     
  6. Blue Bolt

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    Whatever keeps him off the field. :tup:
     
  7. AnteaterCharger

    AnteaterCharger Calibrating Bolttalk, Podcast by Podcast Staff Member Super Moderator Podcaster

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    and that's just on this board
     
  8. Joy Division

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    Female navels.;) WWCBJD?
     
  9. ThunderHorse17

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    Good Read. Paitently waiting the emergence to the rest of the NFLs awareness, the skills VB is already packin.
     
  10. Dublin Bolt

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    I reckon Vincent Brown might be the biggest surprise we'll see. He seems to bring with him so much ability upstairs aswell as downstairs. Our diamond in the rough methinks.
     
  11. Brundlefly

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    Are... are you talking about his penis? :|
     
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    Royal: Know the playbook ... or else
    by Dan McLellan, CBSSports.com
    Coach Norv Turner appears to be using OTAs as an opportunity to evaluate his new talent and try them out in different roles. Free-agent acquisition WR Eddie Royal (Broncos), for example, was primarily used as an outside receiver last week and then worked mostly in the slot on Tuesday. “(Turner) is doing a good job of keeping us off balance,” Royal said. “For us new guys, you really have to be in your playbook every night or you will get exposed when you get out here.”

    Seems relevant, but not in need of its owh thread, so I post this here.
     
  13. HEXEDBOLT

    HEXEDBOLT Don't like it, lump it!!!

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    If Brown is as tough as he is smart the Bolt's may have one of the best go to guys in the business. Need five get eight.
     

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