Trent Brown’s Turning Points Defined A Career
there and tell myself what I was going to do and I think that really
helped my game – the mental aspects, the mental toughness, the
concentration, the belief,” he continues.
“When you think about things and then those things actually start
to happen you start to go, ‘Hey, wow’.”
That season, Brown went on to snag a league-leading ve
interceptions and was named a First-Team All-Canadian and
league All-Star at deep back. He again received both honours in
1989, wrapping up his time at the U of A with a stellar campaign
highlighted by the breakout performance in Calgary.
While he had been drafted by Ottawa in the sixth round of the
1989 CFL Draft, Brown never suited up for the Rough Riders, and
eventually found his way to the Eskimos, who signed him as a freeagent.
Brown would spend his entire professional career on the gridiron in
Edmonton’s defensive back eld, recording 10 interceptions, seven
fumble recoveries and 350 tackles over 129 regular season games.
He played in two Grey Cups with the Eskimos, including their 33-23
triumph over Winnipeg in 1993, was a CFL All-Star in 1996, and
named to the 1997 CFLPA All-Star team.
“When I was voted the top safety in the league by my peers on
the other teams and other coaches, that’s when I knew that I had
essentially achieved all I wanted to achieve,” recalls Brown. “I had
won a Grey Cup, I had been a CFL Al-Star by the team named by the
press and media, and the team named by peers and coaches.”
After the 1998 season, Brown, who had su ered concussions and
recently turned 32, sat down with his father, lawyer James H.
Brown, who headed up a renowned Edmonton law rm specializing
in personal injury.
It would turn out to be the nal de ning moment of his time in
With his father’s encouragement, Brown, who had graduated from
the U of A in 1989 with a degree in psychology, decided to step
away from the gridiron and begin pursuing a career in the legal
profession. He returned to school and less than ve years later
earned his Doctor of Law from the University of Saskatchewan.
Today Brown helps run James H. Brown and Associates and is
heavily involved in community outreach. He loves every minute of
“I had accomplished all my goals in football, so I got to step away
from the game on my own terms,” he says.
“(Going) to law school was the smartest thing I ever did.”
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