It’s usually a very similar start to the conversation when most people talk to Winnipeg Blue Bombers receiver/returner hopeful Tim Brown.
Because, it just so happens, he has the same name as one of the greatest receivers to ever play professional football.
“Everybody asks me. ‘Is that your father’ and they say I have a great name,” said Brown.
The old Tim Brown won a Heisman Trophy with Notre Dame in 1987, is in the College Football Hall of Fame and was a nine-time Pro Bowl selection in an outstanding NFL career primarily spent with the Raiders organization.
“It’s great to have a name like that with a Hall of Famer and I know he’s a great guy,” said Brown.
The Bomber prospect may have not put up Heisman numbers in college, but his time with the Rutgers Scarlet Knights (2006-09) was still very productive as he holds the team record for most career receiving touchdowns with 20.
“My four years at Rutgers were great,” said Brown. “That organization over there taught me how to be a man and it taught me how to fight through the pain.”
The 23-year-old Brown is only 5-foot-7 but says he uses his size to his advantage.
“Things that I can do are things most guys can’t do,” said Brown. “I play the game with speed and I’m not scared to do anything. I just gotta get out here and show everybody what I can do.”
Bomber head coach Paul LaPolice has brought in Brown along with 5’10” receiver Bobby Guillory to the mini-camp to see if the small guys can make an impact at wideout.
“In a league where it’s hard to stay on the field with two downs, you want guys who can flip the field,” said LaPolice.
Brown was forced to sit out Tuesday after injuring his foot in Monday’s session. The extent of the injury is not known but Brown was seen walking around with a big cast on his foot and a noticeable limp.
And on a side note, Brown has a son with the name...you guessed it...Tim Jr.
NOTES: Returning receiver Greg Carr notched a first this week.
“I caught my first balls from Buck Pierce, so I’m happy about that,” Carr said. “He’s looking good. Anytime you have a guy like that in the fold, it really helps the team. I’m just happy that he’s healthy and feeling good.”
Carr joined the Bombers after Pierce was injured, last season.
NEW BLOOD: The Bombers added three new faces to camp, Tuesday, all of them non-imports: Chad Young is a fullback with the U of M Bisons; Lance Stillborn, a fullback from Mayville State College; Andre Clarke, a defensive back from York who’s eligible for this year’s Canadian college draft.