Lar-ry Lar-ry Lar-ry

Dawg Post
Posted Dec 12, 2006

If you attended any Georgia football or basketball games in the mid '90s, there is one name you always heard from the crowd. The name Larry as in Larry Brown was a dominant player for both teams. On the gridiron, he was an All-SEC tight end and on the court, he was a force in the post. He later played in the NFL and is now currently coaching. This week I talked to the former two-sport star.

Dave McMahon -- What are you doing now?

Larry Brown -- I am living in Atlanta and teaching 4th grade. I am also helping out a coach in basketball at Southside High School.

DM -- You were a fan favorite in both sports at Georgia... when was the first time you heard the fans chanting... Lar-ry! Lar-ry! Lar-ry!?

LB -- It was in 1995 during my first year playing basketball for Hugh Durham. When I got in my first game, a lot of the football players in the stands got the whole crowd yelling my name. The whole crowd joined in.

DM -- Your last game playing football was in the Peach Bowl, are you going to try to go to the Chick-Fil-A Bowl this year?

LB -- I am going.

DM -- How many football games do you go to each year?

LB -- I usually go to about 2 a year.

DM -- What football memories do you have?

LB -- That last Peach Bowl game you mentioned was great. We were down 21 points and Quincy Carter helped lead the team and we pulled it out. I also remember the big win we had against Florida and I remember another game against Florida I scored a touchdown, but they said it was a delay of game, but then the refs reversed the call and it was a touchdown.

DM -- What are your feelings about the Georgia football team the last few seasons?

LB -- I am really really impressed with the team. The whole program is great. The coaching has been real good and we have been getting a lot of players in the NFL. Georgia is an elite program. We are on the map!

DM -- Switching to basketball, what memories do you have playing basketball for Georgia?

LB -- Playing in the Sweet 16 under Coach Tubby Smith was really special. I also remember getting to the NIT Final 4 under Coach Jirsa. I remember getting a winning basket against Arkansas in the SECs. It was a pass from G.G. Smith and we won. I never had one of those before.

DM -- If it wasn't for a buzzer beater by Syarcuse's John Wallace, Georgia should have made it to the Elite 8 and could have made it to the final 4?

LB -- We could of. That was a great team. The following year we were great, too, but we were stopped by a red-hot UT-Chattanooga team. Also, the assistant principal at the school I am at told me that the 4 years I was at Georgia were part of the most successful class in Georgia basketball history. That is pretty incredible.

DM -- Are you going to this weekend's basketball game in Duluth?

LB -- I want to. I am going to try. I am going to try to do more for the basketball team.

DM -- Talk about your time in the NFL...

LB -- I was picked up as a undrafted free agent by the Chargers. I was released 3-4 months later after an injury. I then started working out with Mo Lewis, another former Dawg. A couple weeks later I got a call to play pro ball in Tennessee under Jeff Fisher. I was 7th on the tight end depth chart in the beginning, but I had a great preseason in which I think I led the team in receptions. I forced the team to carry 4 tight ends on their roster... One big memory in the NFL was that I played in the Super Bowl in the same place where I played my final college game, the Georgia Dome.

DM -- Any catches in the games you played?

LB -- No. I played in 9 games, but played mostly special teams.

DM -- What about all the success by Georgia producing tight ends in the NFL?

LB -- There's a lot of them. Leonard Pope is just getting used to the NFL right now, but the other 3 are really contributing for their teams. They are good.

DM -- Do you ever talk to some of your former Georgia teammates?

LB -- I talk to Robert Edwards, Hines Ward, Corey Allen, Glenn Ford, Lorenzo Hall, Adrian Jones, Michael Chadwick and more. A lot of them live in Atlanta.

DM -- When you were at your height, there was a Larry Brown winning the Super Bowl MVP for the Cowboys and a Larry Brown coaching in the NBA... was everybody Larry Brown?

LB -- That was interesting. It was weird because one was one of the best basketball coaches and the other was a football MVP. I played both sports. I guess I am in the middle.

DM -- Thank you for your time and answers.

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