“My Daily Routine,” a new buffalobills.com series presented by Supercuts, goes beyond the football field to give fans a unique glimpse at the Bills.
Since joining the Bills during the 2019 offseason, wide receiver John Brown has made quite an impact. The six-year NFL vet has become a reliable weapon for quarterback Josh Allen and is currently leading AFC wide outs in yards receiving, with 817. Dedicated to his craft, Brown does what he needs to do daily to make sure he is ready to go on game day. Brown shares what a typical workday looks like for him in this edition of “My Daily Routine,” presented by Supercuts.
In the morning
What time do you wake up in the morning?
6:50 in the morning.
Do you wake up at the same time every day?
Yes, every morning.
Do you snooze your alarm?
No, I get right up on the first ring. I’m a person that kind of wakes up in the night, checking the time to make sure I’m on time. I’m a person that likes to be early.
How many hours of sleep do you need each night?
I need eight hours, at least.
Do you just use your phone to wake up?
Yes, it’s the phone alarm. I just wake up – especially once I get enough sleep and I keep looking at the time just to check because I would hate to be late.
What is the first thing that you do when you wake up?
When I first get up, the first thing I do is, I crank my car from the phone. Crank my car, get it all warmed up and then brush my teeth and wash my face. I have my clothes laid out for what I’m going to wear. Even though it’s nothing fancy, what I’m going to wear to practice and to the facility is planned out.
So, you lay your things out the night before?
Yes, I’m a person that is on time. I’m always prepared.
Do you do anything fancy to wash your face? Or just soap and water?
I have this certain type of face wash. I don’t know the name, but I use that. I have a face scrub. I try to get a little fancy with that.
Do you take a certain route to work every day?
Yes, I take the same path from downtown every day.
Do you listen to any specific type of music or playlist on the way?
I have my days. Certain days, I will talk to my mom or talk to my kids or listen to a certain playlist. I like Jamaican music – especially when it’s a tub day and I’m tired. I have to get prepared for the day. I listen to my Jamaican music to relax my mind and get me ready to go.
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What time is it when you get to the facility?
When I get here, it’s at least 7:20 – 7:40 a.m.
Do you eat right away?
Yes, I go right to the cafeteria and eat.
What do you have for breakfast?
I get the same thing every day – grits, eggs, sausage and I get a shake.
Do you get the same smoothie too?
I get banana, peanut butter, strawberries, apples mixed into it. That’s every day.
Are you very conscience of what you eat?
No, I’m 180 pounds – if you give me that. So, it doesn’t matter. I eat what I want. I don’t have to watch my eating or anything.
What comes next after you’re done eating?
I just get prepared for meetings and that’s how I get started.
After meetings, do you do anything else to prepare for practice?
Once we get done with the walk-thru and we get prepared for practice, most people go to special teams meetings, but I get in the hyper chamber bed. I get in there for like 35-40 minutes and it kind of gives me energy and lifts me up. It makes me feel better because of the sickle cell trait I have. So, I get in there and once I get out, I get prepared for practice.
Does it help you get your mind right?
Yes, it definitely does. It has me feeling real different when I get out of the hyper chamber bed.
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Do you do anything after practice?
After practice, I stay out there and I get extra catches. Me and coach Chad [Hall] every day we do extra catches and when I’m done with that, I come in and meet with the trainers to get treatment – cold tub, hot tub. Then I get prepared for the other meetings that we have.
Does the treatment with the trainers depend on the kind of day you’re having?
No, it’s just every day. I just go in there for sometimes no reason, just to keep my body feeling right.
Do you eat lunch after that? Does that vary daily?
I eat whatever is in the cafeteria. Then, we’re done for the day and I get extra treatment or something like that and I head home.
Do you go right home? Or do you meet up with any teammates?
I’ll go home and watch film when I’m home…just a little bit on my own. If me and Josh [Allen] have any questions, we’ll meet up during the day.
What else do you do when you get home?
I have to catch up on my TV shows.
What shows do you watch?
“9-1-1.” I’ve got “Godfather,” “Harlem,” “The Purge,” “The Oval” – I’ve got a lot of TV shows. I’m a movie person. So, if any of the players tell you, every Friday after practice, I go to the movies by myself. So, I’m a big movie person.
What kind of movies do you like? Is there a specific genre?
All types of movies except the superhero [theme]. I like real life stuff.
What does your nighttime routine look like?
I go to bed every night, no later than 10:30 p.m. So, I’m an early bird. That’s why I have to get my eight hours. I go to sleep early, but at night I take a shower, I talk to my family, play “Call of Duty” a little bit after film study and if I’m caught up with my TV shows, that’s the end of it.
Are you someone that sleeps with the TV on or do you need your room to be silent?
It needs to be completely quiet. I can’t sleep with noise. I’m a light sleeper, so any little noise and I’m up. It needs to be completely quiet – no light in my face.