Insider Exclusive: Q&A with CB Marcus Brown

AZRedReport.com's Dusty Wittig continues his interview with Cardinals rookie cornerback Marcus Brown, this time for Insiders only. The McNeese State product talks about earning a big name at a small school, competing against his brother and fighting an uphill battle for a spot on Arizona's active roster in this exclusive Q&A.

Dusty Wittig: When did you realize that you had the potential to play in the NFL?

Marcus Brown: Honestly, after my 10th grade season my coach sat me down and told me he was going to switch me from running back to corner because of my speed and size. He said that would be the best position for me to make it pro. Ever since then, I believed him.

DW: What are some of your goals for the upcoming season?

MB: I want to climb the ladder. First, I need to make the team, then work hard to see some playing time. I want to become a key player on special teams and work my way onto the field anyway I can.

DW: Is there an upcoming game for the '08 season that you are particularly looking forward to?

MB: My brother, Darrick Brown, signed a free agent contract with the Oakland Raiders and we have a preseason game with them this year, so I'm really looking forward to that one. Also, my friend Brian Smith will play for the Eagles and we play them on November 27th, so that is going to be interesting, too.

DW: As a college player expecting to go pro, what kind of advice did you receive about your future in the NFL?

MB: My brother, my agent and I had broken everything down before the draft and I knew what sort of opportunities I had wanted to take if given the chance. When the right people called me after the draft, I took that opportunity.

DW: You have played with your brother, Darrick, your whole life. How is that going to be different not having him on the same team as you?

MB: It's going to be more interesting. Growing up on the same teams, he has always been saying what he can do and I have been saying what I can do against different people. Now that we are on different teams our competition can go a step further. It will be fun to be able to push each other and to compare our stats.

DW: You are 6'3" and 200 pounds and have been credited with a 4.3 in the 40-yard dash and a 43.5" vertical leap. Ever think about playing wide receiver?

MB: No, never thought about it. I played a little in the high school days. I know for sure I could catch the ball, but I just really want to cover the receiver. I have that defensive mentality where I want to shut down opposing teams' stars.

DW: Coming from a smaller school, how much harder did you have to work to get your name out there and recognized by NFL scouts?

MB: Coming from a bigger program, I would have had to work hard to get to the next level. But coming from a program like McNeese State, I could never take a play off, never have a bad game. That was a lot of pressure, so I had to dedicate the majority of my time outside of the classroom to just working on my game. It's all about work ethic.

DW: What are you planning with your first NFL paycheck?

MB: Probably nothing, there is nothing I really need or want. I just need to pay bills like everyone else.

Click here for the rest of this interview, where Brown talks about idolizing Darryl Green, playing like Deion Sanders and more.


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