Alex Brown, a senior at Red Bank Catholic High School in New Jersey, scored eight touchdowns in a single game a day after his mother died. Brown said in an interview with ‘Fox & Friends’ on Monday that he could feel his mother’s presence on the field when she led her team to victory.
Brown’s mother, Michelle, died Thursday after battling breast cancer nearly 15 years later.
Despite the tragedy, the quarterback said he knew he was ready to play the next day.
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“As soon as I step on the field, I feel my mother’s presence with me,” said co-hosts Steve Doosy, Ainsley Earhard and Brian Kilmeade.
“I saw the crowds, and I saw my whole family behind me. I knew I was ready to go.”
Brown said she remembers her mother with kindness and affection and sees some of her own qualities in herself.
“My mother, she is a very kind person. Very funny, very artistic, very beautiful. She is the most kind and loving person you will ever meet. She always wants to be happy before everyone is happy, and I got it from her.”
Her mother, who grew up in Sweden and was unfamiliar with football, initially said she didn’t want to play. But Brown believes the family and community she found in the sport inspired her to keep up with the fight against cancer.
Brown’s moving athletic performance garnered praise from NFL star Tom Brady on Instagram, with the icon commenting on the SportsCenter post about Brown’s accomplishments during the game.
“It means the world to me,” Brown said. “He’s definitely my biggest idol in football. It really doesn’t get any better.”
He credits his father, his brother and his football community for a supportive support system when dealing with the loss of his mother.
“I want to thank everyone for being there for me,” he said. “We get this together because I know she’s still looking at me like I saw in the game.”
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Brown, who plans to play football at Bucknell University in the fall of 2022, said watching his mother fight breast cancer pushed him to become the man he is today.
“Seeing her fight with cancer for about 15 years, it made me a stronger person,” she said.
“I don’t think she’ll be as strong as usual.”
LBL’ Ryan Gaydos contributed to this report.