John Brown
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New and Inspiring Story of Proven in D1 Football

Gen Y, Life Stories, Sports

In John’s story, he shares how he didn’t let others tell him that he couldn’t achieve his dream of playing D1 football!


  1. Gary Rogers

    John, your story is amazing and even though I knew bits and parts of this story, I didn’t realize how badly you wanted to play D1 football. Great job in persevering with your goal and accomplishing it. The picture you submitted really tells the story with your smile as if you were letting others know that YOU DID IT! All the determination, hard work, switching schools, asking a trainer to get you into shape were not all easy things to do but you figured out how to accomplish them all. I think this will be an encouragement to others who also have a goal like yours and aren’t getting a lot of encouragement from others that they too can succeed. Lastly, but more importantly, I wanted to say thank-you for serving in the Armed Forces. It’s something that I am more and more appreciative of as I get older to see how men and women have given such sacrifices for our country. Great job with your dedication to make the football team and to serve the USA!

  2. Gary Rogers

    John, I just learned of your situation from Grady and wanted you to know that I prayed for you and will continue to do so. Just like you’re a fighter here on earth, continue this fight. The most important thing I can share though, is that at Landmark High School many years ago, I took you with me to some kind of Bible Study and I remember that you gave your life to Jesus! I want to celebrate that more than anything else!

  3. Jean Rogers

    John, This is Gary’s mom… Jean Rogers
    So as you may know, we lived as a family for over 20 years in Camp Dennison. It’s a great place to raise four sons. I have many good and wonderful family memories living there.
    I loved reading your story John. You expressed yourself well. Also, I enjoyed reading about your passion to press on
    and not be discouraged and quit.
    You have what it takes to be successful in whatever you dream to do.
    Nothing is impossible with God. He is our power, our strength, and our wisdom for making dreams become a reality. God Bless!

  4. Stacey Siekman

    John, I just learned of your situation and read your Check Your Game story! No matter what is happening on the “outside”, God is with you on the inside! Your strong will, determination, and commitment to the Lord will get you through this! Praying for you!

  5. Rayna C Neises

    Thank you for your service, John, and for sharing how going for your dreams with all your heart impacted your life! I’m sure it is continuing to bless you.

  6. Peggy Bodde

    We are all holding you up in prayer, John! And your family. Thank you for your valiant service in defending and protecting our country. I pray that your courage and strength will help you now and that God will restore you to full health in every way. I’m so sorry that you’re suffering now, but I now God is with you and will sustain you and your family.

  7. lesley clani

    Thank you for your service and for your commitment. You are a great example of a courageous man

  8. Brian Goslee

    Prayers are going up now for you John. May God heal you completely and strengthen you and your family. Thank you for your servant’s heart and strength. May God bless and protect and heal you and your family.

  9. Rob W Morgenroth

    Hey John, I don’t know what the current situation is, but Gary told me that you could use prayer, and I just read your Life Story. You are a true Giver. You have given to football, without ever giving up. You have given to your country without giving up. You gave at the Police Academy to give to the public without giving up. And most importantly, you gave your heart to One who will never give up on you, Jesus Christ; He loves You and will never fail you regardless of what anything looks like. It can be 56 – 0 in the 4th quarter, they have the ball, with 2 minutes to play and you’ll still win the game in a miracle, He is like that. Don’t give up on Him now, or ever; I will be praying for your victory.

  10. Dave Berens

    After reading about John’s accident at the Police Academy, my friend Gary sent me this story from Check Your Game.
    Hopefully John’s past experiences will help him pull through this latest set back.
    Prayers for John and his family.

  11. Grady Rogers

    Although JB was younger than me I always admired his determination, mental and physical toughness. I have told this story before but one of that really sticks in my mind was a time he was running scout team vs varsity football practice as a Wideout. JB would run his patterns exactly how Coach Stoll asked – 100%. It was the only way he knew how. I remember a few times we had some pretty big collisions and every time that happened JB would pop up like nothing happened and he would sprint back to the huddle for the next play. He was so determined to play whether it was in a game or on scout team with the biggest heart and determination. When I read JB’s story it all makes sense. He has that “IT” factor the drive that the best of the best have in life. This is exactly how he made it as a Marine, walked on at UC and has become an amazing father. I hope young athletes read this story and see how determination and hard work can pay off not just in sports but in life too. Thanks for sharing your story JB. Camp D proud.

  12. Patrick Spargur

    Great testimony John, it’s people like you that make our country Great. I send a prayer to you during this difficult time. May God restore you to full health. Thank you for your service!


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