Thursday, July 17, 2014

On the Beat with Green Bay Chill Head Coach Gilbert Brown

The Chicago Bliss beat the Green Bay Chill 32-7 to finish their regular season undefeated at 3-0-1.  Unfortunately for the Chill, they finished 0-3.  At this time, I am not sure if there will be another game for the Chill this season.
The Chill is coached by Gilbert Brown, an excellent player for the Green Bay Packers a few years back.  Brown played defensive tackle for the Pack from 1993 to 2003.  He was quite popular in Green Bay and was a good choice as the Chill coach.
Chicago fans were not all that enamored with Brown.  Oh sure, we respected him begrudgingly.  The man played in 125 games for the Packers, but he was always a thorn in the sides of the Bears.  In 1996, he was a starter for all 16 games, as the Packers went on to win the Super Bowl.  A few hours south, the Bears struggled through the 90's.
Thanks to Chicago Bliss Head Coach Keith Hac, I had the chance to talk to Coach Brown prior to the Chill's game versus the Bliss.  Brown was very agreeable and it was a fun exchange.
I respected (and liked) Brown as a player.  I also respect him as a coach.  The Chill have endured a tough season, including a quick move to Milwaukee just prior to the season.  Brown has kept the team together and has done an excellent job, all things considered, despite the Chill's 0-3 record.
The LFL is a league unlike all others.  There are a lot of factors that played into the Chill's 0-3 season.  The main thing to remember is that Borwn supported his team, acted with class and kept his sense of humor.  In the end, these are the things that count and these are the things I respect.
Even opposing coach Hac said nice things about Brown.  They have a competitive friendship and clearly respect each other.  It is very cool to see.
I hope you enjoy this interview as much as I did.  Just meeting Brown was cool, but talking to him and goofing a bit with him, really will make this one memorable for me.

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