—Charlie Brown Makes Impact On Frank Kearse
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By Brendan Capria
Redskins.com Contributing Writer
“Good ol’ Charlie Brown” traded in his Washington Redskins uniform more than 20 years ago; he walked through the Super Bowl XLIX festivities sporting a grey suit and a smile.
In 1982, he wouldn’t have wanted his wristwatch to tick a minute longer than when the Redskins won the Super Bowl that season.
“You never want to let go, you never want to lose that moment,” Brown said. “You never want that next minute to tick on the clock of your watch. You just want to enjoy every second of it.”
The Redskins beat the Miami Dolphins in Super Bowl XVII 27-17, scoring the last 14 points of the game — all of which came in the fourth quarter.
Brown hauled in the final touchdown catch of the game within the last two minutes of regulation.
In total, he led the team’s receivers that day with six receptions for 60 yards (10-yard average).
While he’ll always cherish his performance in the Super Bowl, his play throughout the regular season is something that still comes to mind when talking about that season.
“Every game leading up to the Super Bowl,” Brown affirmed. “Taking it one at a time and enjoying the moment. Just going through the grind with my teammates man. Just being on a high, you know?”
He said that’s what the “Good ol’ Charlie Brown” nickname stood for.
Brown claimed professional football’s ultimate prize in his rookie season; he watches young guns in this year’s game prepare for a situation similar to his.
His advice: keep your eyes on the prize.
“Know the reason why you’re here,” he said. “Enjoy the atmosphere, enjoy all the festivities, share it with your teammates, but don’t forget what you have to do on Sunday.”
As for the Redskins, he advised simply to look forward. Their day will come.
“You just got to have amnesia man, you have to have a short memory,” Brown said. “There’s going to be a next day, there’s going to be a next opportunity. So, you got to get ready for that next opportunity the next day.”
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