Kicker Drew Brown has continued the family tradition at Nebraska through his first two and a half seasons. From 1995-98, Drew’s older brother, Kris Brown, helped the Huskers win national titles in ’95 and ’97. Kris currently ranks second all-time in scoring at Nebraska with 388 points. After making a career-long 51-yard field goal against Purdue on Saturday, Drew increased his point total to 258.
Q: What is your pregame routine? How early do you go on the field to warm up?
A: We start stretching about 75 minutes before game time, and then we’ll be on the field about 65 minutes until game time. I try not to do anything drastic or too different. Each time I try to keep it consistent, just like I try to keep my routine consistent during the games as well.
Q: Is there a pro kicker who you’ve idolized as a kid and today?
A: Definitely my older brother for sure, and then currently the Cowboys’ kicker, Dan Bailey. He’s one of the best in NFL history, and then my older brother, just being able to know him and pick his brain about things. He’s really successful at it, and if I can emulate that, that would be pretty cool.
Q: What field goal is most memorable to you? Is there one from high school or college that stands out?
A: Probably this past game, the 51-yarder, a career long, and then maybe the first one that I made in my career against Florida Atlantic. Other than that, I haven’t had any walk-off game winners or anything, so hopefully that day will come sometime soon.
Q: Describe what that feeling is like carrying out Sam Foltz’s jersey prior to the game?
A: It’s cool. I mean it’s definitely breathtaking. It’s an honor. Just to have anything to do with him, whether it’s carrying his jersey. Anytime I have a chance to relive his memory or speak about him it means a lot to me. There’s so many things that I can say. I bet he’d do the same thing for me.
Q: Will you visit the crash site when the team is in Wisconsin this weekend?
A: No probably not ’cause we won’t really have time. I think, as far as I know, it’s not close to Madison; it might be like an hour away. So, I don’t think so, but you never know what can happen.
Q: Do you have any memories of your brother’s time at Nebraska?
A: No, not really, I was born his freshman year. So I would have been four when he was a senior, but I don’t really remember any of it at all. I was at basically every game.
Q: Does he ever tease you with his national title rings?
A: He doesn’t really bring it up. I think he’s definitely moved on, and, since he had such a successful career in the NFL, he’s — it’s not that he was done or tired of it — I think he’s just moved on to the next step of his life and just kind of letting me do my own thing.
Q: Is he a big motivational piece as far as you wanting to be successful in your career?
A: No doubt. He has his place in the record books here and obviously you know I want to top that, being as competitive as I am.