Omar Brown’s football talent has taken him from Berkeley High School stardom to Super Bowl championship.
Brown, a member of the Baltimore Ravens team that beat the San Francisco 49ers in last month’s Super Bowl, will get a hero’s welcome today as he returns to his hometown of Moncks Corner.
“It’s a great thrill and a great honor,” Brown said Friday.
“I am still in shock. I don’t know much about it. I think they are going to have a few surprises for me.”
A parade begins at 11 a.m. at the historic train depot and heads down Main Street to the high school where Brown displayed his talents on Friday nights.
Brown is a 5-11, 195-pound free safety for the Ravens.
He recorded three tackles in his rookie season for the Super Bowl champs and had one sack. He took down New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning.
“It felt great, but it didn’t really hit me until I got home and saw it on ESPN,” Brown said. “I could only think, ‘Wow.’ ”
Brown was The Post and Courier’s high school football defensive back of the year as a senior in 2006. He played college ball at Marshall, where he recorded 288 tackles and had nine interceptions.
Brown, who signed with the Ravens as an undrafted free agent in May 2012, earned the respect of his teammates immediately.
“Everybody on this team knows this guy will be around the football and that’s what you want,” Ravens free safety Ed Reed told reporters last season.
“He reminds me of myself when I was that age.”
Brown, who did not play in the Super Bowl, said the biggest difference between the NFL and college is that professional football is a business.
“You have to realize that,” Brown said.
“You still play it the same way.”
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This is a 2012 photo of Omar Brown of the Baltimore Ravens NFL football team. This image reflects the Baltimore Ravens active roster as of Thursday, May 10, 2012 when this image was taken. (AP Photo)×