After playing in the NFL for seven seasons and coaching for one, Everette Brown now looking to make in impact on game of football in a different phase of the game.
Brown has been participating in the Nunn-Wooten Scouting Fellowship for the Buffalo Bills during the 2020 and 2021 offseasons with the Bills. The fellowship is an opportunity for former collegiate and professional football players to learn about scouting, identifying talent and roster-building. Due to the pandemic, the 2020 offseason for Brown was all virtual. It was unfortunate but Brown was able to create a solid foundation which he was able to build off this year while working with the team in person during training camp.
"It's great to be in the building with the familiar faces, but it's great to be in a building with good people," Brown said. "Just good people all around, some of them I had never met before. Everybody shows up in a good mood and we are all working toward the same goal. It makes for a fun working environment but also one that you want to thrive in."
Brown played linebacker at Florida State was taken in the second round of the 2009 draft by the Carolina Panthers. He played for six other teams throughout his career. He then went back to Carolina as the assistant linebackers coach in 2019. He learned a lot from his playing and coaching career and is excited for the chance to try his hand at scouting.
"A lot of the information just stuck with me," Brown said. "I really just wanted to have the opportunity to learn the business-side so that it can make me more well-rounded and give me an opportunity to just show what I'm capable of doing. Hopefully, it sticks."
In the NFL, sometimes an opportunity is all you need to set you up for success. Three current Bills scouts – Andrea Gosper, R.J. Webb, and Keith Jennings – all started in the Nunn-Wooten program. Mechelle Geeter, an Alabama graduate and for Los Angeles Rams scouting apprentice is also currently in the program and has been learning what it takes to be a scout in the NFL. Brown explained some of the big things he wants to get out of this scouting program.
"An opportunity to be exposed to new things so that I can learn and continue to grow," Brown said. "And just an opportunity to just come in every day and be myself. I feel comfortable being myself because I know I'm surrounded by such good people."
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The Bills also have two interns that are a part of the Bill Walsh Diversity Coaching Fellowship.
The Bill Walsh Minority Coaching Fellowship is aimed to expose talented minority college coaches to the methods and philosophies of summer training camps in the NFL. This year, Quinshon Odom was a running backs coaching intern (Vanderbilt) and Andre Morris (Air Force) was a linebackers coaching intern.
The Buffalo Bills have participated in the Bill Walsh Minority Coaching Fellowship program since 1989. Bills coaches Jim Salgado, Kelly Skipper, and Eric Washington have all participated in the coaching internship program.