Morgantown, West Virginia – If there was ever any doubt about Neal Brown’s work ethic, he put that to rest in “The Reel Deal”, a five part installment released this week by the West Virginia University football.
In the final installment, the interviewer asked Brown “do you ever stop thinking about it (football)?” Brown’s answer was honest and revealing: “Probably not. I probably don’t. Of course when I’m doing stuff with my wife and the kids, it’s not really at the top of my mind, but I’m constantly thinking about it. How can we continue to get better, continue to grow, continue this climb, to get to where we want to go?”
Brown is up working before the sun rises and doesn’t get home until long after the sun sets. What’s obvious after seeing “the real Neal Brown” for the first time, is that he really, truly has dedicated his life to family and football.
Mixed in between drills and meetings, Brown makes time for his kids and wife, but it’s clear that he is obsessed with getting the West Virginia football program to where he wants it to be.
“Long-term, we have a vision that will get us to where we want to be. The vision is all-encompassing. We always talk about our three goals: Development, graduate and win championships. It takes a lot to get those three things done.”
Although Brown works day and night to bring the Mountaineers to a championship level, he openly admits that the Mountaineers are a work in progress. “Are we better than we were when I got here 20 months ago when I got hired? Yes, without a doubt. Do we still have a long way to go? Yes.”
Getting to see Neal Brown behind the scenes was eye-opening in a lot of ways. Not only did we get to see a deeper look into what he does on a daily basis, we also got to take a look at what The Climb is all about. The West Virginia Mountaineers are climbing and Neal Brown will bring Big 12 and National Championships to Morgantown…or die trying.