Player Profile Cam Brown
BRONCOS PLAYERS PROFILE: CAM BROWN
Story: Brenden Escott
KAMLOOPS, B.C.—They say that the game of football is often won and lost in the trenches, and when you see an offence as prolific as the Kamloops Broncos’, you have to give credit to players like offensive lineman Cam Brown.
Most of Brown’s work on the field isn’t measurable by statistics, but don’t let that fool you into thinking the 6’0”, 315 pound kid from Vanderhoof, B.C. doesn’t impact the game.
“I really wasn’t good at any other sports,” said Brown with a laugh.
“I guess I finally found my calling with my size.”
Brown spent time at Simon Fraser University immediately after high school, but after two seasons he decided to come join his brother, Sheldon, in the B.C. Interior playing for the Broncos.
Now in his third season with the team, Brown has nothing but good things to say about Kamloops and the Tournament Capital Centre.
“I think [TCC] is the best in the province, maybe even in Canada. I love the city of Kamloops. I’ve lived up north, I’ve lived down at the coast and honestly, when it’s all said and done I’d love to live in Kamloops when I’m older and raise a family here.”
Brown’s football idol is former B.C. Lions center, Angus Reid, which is fitting as Reid is not only a highly respected figure in the Canadian football community, but also a Simon Fraser University alumnus.
“I know he’s retired now but he’s a local B.C. boy who got to live the dream of playing for the BC Lions—and we’re kind of a similar size and stature so if he can do it, I can do it,” chuckled Brown.
Brown says his strengths on the field stem from physical play.
“I like to set the tone and I think I’m a pretty good leader. I mostly lead by example, not yelling and screaming ‘hoo-rah’.”
That mentality is quite obvious when watching him on the field, and it’s made even more clear when you find out what his favorite NFL team is.
“The Baltimore Ravens. When they had Ray Lewis and [Ed] Reed, all those guys, just the intensity they played with—the hard-nosed football. That’s kind of my style so I just loved the team from there.”
As far as areas he thinks he needs to improve on, the third-year Bronco says it’s all about keeping a cool head.
“My composure, for sure. I get fired up. It’s an emotional sport and you’ve got to control your temper. I’m working on that. And of course the little things like making sure my first step is always correct, etc.”
The Broncos are coming off a tough road loss to the Vancouver Island Raiders last weekend but they’ll have a chance at redemption this Saturday in the second half of a home-and-home series.
The team sits tied for third in the BCFC with a .500 record, but Brown says they aren’t too far away from more success.
“We were close in both of those games. Just a couple of misplays pretty much swayed the whole momentum of the game so I think that if we tidy up special teams and the little things we can be successful in the second half of the season.”
Brown and the Broncos seek revenge at Hillside Stadium, this Saturday at 7p.m.