When Michael Brown speaks, he does so directly and honestly. It’s a quality that’s likely served him well during his 15 years as a youth counselor in Henrico. He’s trying to help troubled kids get their lives in order. Sugarcoating things isn’t going to get it done.
Brown isn’t afraid to say that he thinks today’s ballplayers could be tougher. That’s why when Brown says he respects Bradford Burgess and his accomplishments, you know he’s not pulling any punches. On Dec. 22, at UNC Greensboro, Burgess started the 122nd straight game of his VCU career to break Brown’s school record, which had stood since 1986. Brown agrees that Burgess is a bit of a throwback player.
“He’s doing what the coach likes him to do, playing the role he wants him to,” said Brown, who averaged 11.3 points per game for the Rams from 1982-86. “That’s why I take my hat off to him for that. I respect that. He’s coachable.”
Brown is a Hopewell, Va. native and now resides in Chesterfield. In addition to his work as a youth counselor, he’s also an assistant basketball coach at Hopewell High School. When he can, he likes to take his two sons to VCU games. Brown says he makes it to about half the Rams’ home contests and attended the Final Four in Houston, Texas in April.