Interview with Texas Longhorns and Pittsburgh Steelers CB Curtis Brown

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SU: Looking back at some of your games last year, I noticed that teams sometimes failed to test your side of the field. Do you feel like that kind of affected your stats a little bit and maybe even your draft grade?

CB: Well, I know that the first five or six games I did not get one ball thrown to my side, so that was kind of frustrating. I didn’t have a chance to show that I can make plays on the ball but I feel like all the coaches, they graded me feeling pretty good and they saw what they wanted. The Steelers saw what they wanted me to be and picked me up in the third round so I guess that is what I deserved and I’d like to go out and show them that I can play just like a first round pick. At the end of the day, it doesn’t matter at what pick you go it’s just how you perform when you get there.

SU: You’re exactly right, and the truth of the matter is that people not throwing to your side of the field, that’s respect. They’re showing you respect by not doing that. Tell me, what role do you foresee for yourself the first year, are you willing to play Special Teams?

CB: Anything. Anything to get on the field. Just like when I went to college, anything to get on the field, that’s what I’m going to do. Special Teams, anything.

SU: Have any of the Steelers’ cornerbacks reached out to you at this point?

CB: No, I haven’t heard from them. I have talked to Cortez though.

SU: I talked to Cortez also, he is a remarkable young man. I tell you, this draft class just seems remarkable, from all aspects. From a talent aspect, from the character aspect, from the work ethic, I’ve just been very impressed with virtually every one of the picks.

CB: I feel the same exact way.

SU: You know a lot of the fans are placing their hopes on your shoulders. They’re hoping that you are going to be able to strengthen what they perceive as one of the weakest parts of our defense. How do you respond to that type of expectation?

CB: Just show what I can do. I feel like that I am a good performer and that I can contribute to this team and that’s what I plan on doing as soon as I get called up.

SU: Is there a player that you pattern your game after?

CB: No. I mean, I just go out there and lock up. That’s my game.

SU: What aspect of your game to you feel like you need to work on?

CB: Well, just growing in this game….period. In all techniques, I mean you can learn every day so I plan on getting under Ike Taylor and all of them and just learning.

SU: That’s a great attitude to have. At this point in your life, who has been your biggest influence? Who has helped you the most to get where you are at right now, Curtis?

CB: My grandmother.

SU: Is she the one that raised you?

CB: Yeah, from six weeks on. I mean, she did everything she could to counsel me in her life and she was always there for me. Just me and her.

SU: So I take it I know where that first football is going when you get your first pick-six.

CB: Definitely.

SU: Well, Curtis, I tell you, it’s been a privilege to talk to you. We are looking forward to seeing you on the field this year and good luck. Tell the Steeler Nation where they should go for all their Steelers needs.


SU: Thank you, Curtis, it’s been a pleasure.

CB: Thank you.

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