From CPA to NFL? Not exactly. But what Les Brown is trying to pull off is pretty close.
Ben Maller of Yahoo! Sports blog ThePostGame wrote a story last week on Brown, a former accountant at a private equity firm in West Palm Beach, Fla. Brown played basketball at Westminster College in Utah before dropping out to take a full-time job offer at Huntsman Gay Global Capital. (Incidentally, that firm’s co-founder is Jon Huntsman, Sr., father of the former Republican presidential hopeful of the same name.)
Brown left that job and returned to Utah to finish his degree. While helping his brother, an offensive lineman at Brigham Young University (BYU), prepare for the NFL draft, he met a trainer who offered to help him pursue his own NFL dreams.
Brown, who played football in high school but concentrated on hoops in college, worked out at BYU’s pro day and impressed enough to earn a contract offer with the Miami Dolphins.
Even if it took a potential accountant out of the ranks in Utah and Florida, Les Brown looks like a guy worth rooting for. If Brown makes the Dolphins, the team might pick up some accounting-minded fans.
Read more about Brown in the Salt Lake Tribune.