After decorated careers on the football field at both Sealy High School and the University of Mary Hardin-Baylor, Kris Brown is strapping up once again in a new league among many players who have cracked NFL rosters.
“The Spring League is an elite development league & scouting event for professional football talent,” its website says, adding they also run one-week summer and fall showcases as well. “The Spring League was created to provide additional opportunities for players who may have been overlooked by the NFL.”
The League boasts connections with both the NFL and Canadian Football League, as well as the upcoming rebirthed XFL, set for a 2020 launch, allowing one place for scouts and general managers to view the talent.
Most recently, former Texas A&M Aggie Johnny Manziel got work in at last year’s showcase in Austin, where it will be held once again, and was one of 16 athletes landing a CFL contract afterward. 37 players from last year's competition inked deals with an NFL team.
Now Brown joins this year’s competition as not only a national champion but also an All-American.
Patrolling the defensive backfield for the Hardin-Baylor Crusaders was No. 2, Brown, whose 15 career interceptions rank third all-time at the school, five of which he returned for a touchdown which ranks second all-time.
His helped his team win the American Southwest Conference all four years he played where he was also named a team captain in his final years despite a knee injury that allowed him to repeat his junior year.
He cracked the first team of the Associated Press Little All-America DIII Team, as well as a second-team honor in D3Football.com’s All-America Team in addition to their all-south region first team.
Before graduating in the spring of 2018, the 5-foot-9-inch cornerback participated at Baylor University’s Pro Day, where the top draft prospects are scouted, before working out for CFL teams post-graduation where he was clocked at 4.39 seconds in the 40-yard dash, registered 19 reps on the bench press at 225 pounds and reached a vertical of 38 inches.
Select quarterbacks and wide receivers will report to Spring League camp March 27 with the rest of the 160 invitees reporting for the March 29 to April 11 time bracket shown on the website.
There will be four games played in that time, two per team created and coached by more of those with NFL experience to instruct players under rules that are similar to the NFL’s, although the website expands that The Spring League will serve as a training ground like the brand-new Alliance of American Football (AAF) which also has ties to the NFL.
Those games will be broadcast on Bleacher Report Live which is available through their website and mobile app so be sure to tune in to see the Sealy product lining up against some of the best in today’s game.