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Senior Stories: Kolbi Brown

Senior Stories: Kolbi Brown

"Kolbi has always been a class kid and extremely dependable on and off the field. This year, he has come into his own as a tough, athletic, physical playmaker in our secondary." – Tim Murphy, The Thomas Stephenson Family Head Coach for Harvard Football. 

Q: What is your concentration?
Economics. 

Q: What do you hope to do in life once football is finished?
Once football is finished, I plan to gain some real world experience working in finance, technology, or consulting before going to business school. I then, one-day, would like to start my own company. 

Q: Can you explain the nuances of your position and provide something for the casual fan to better understand your position?
I play safety. Safety is on the defensive side of the ball and I am often thought of as the last line of defense. It is important for me to know what is going on with the rest of the defense (linebackers and defensive line) that is in front of me. Play-to-play, I am either covering a receiver running a route or coming up to tackle the running back. 

Q: What's your favorite Harvard team to watch as a fan? 
Harvard men's basketball. 

Q: What's the best part about a home football day?
I think playing on the field that you have been practicing and preparing on is always great and puts you at an advantage. Also, playing in front of your home crowd makes for a great atmosphere.

Q: Who do you like lining up against in practice?
I enjoy lining up against Anthony Firkser. He is a phenomenal player and it is always challenging and great competition when we go up against each other. 

Q: Who has the best nickname on the team and why? 
DuWebb – James Duberg & Doug Webb. These two guys received this joint nickname because they are best friends, roommates, play the same position, and are never seen apart. So we, as a team, decided to just give them one name. 

Q: Do you have a nickname and how did it come about?
No cool nickname for me, unfortunately. Some people call me "Kolb" when they are too lazy to say my full first name.

Q: How has playing football at Harvard better prepared you for life?
Harvard football has taught me a lot of things about both myself and about life. Harvard football has taught me how to deal with and overcome adversity, how to compete, how to work as a team to achieve a common goal, how to manage time, and many more lessons. 

Q: When you leave Harvard, what do you want your legacy to be? 
I, along with the rest of the senior class, would like to be remembered as the class who broke the record and set history by winning four consecutive Ivy League Championships. I personally would like to be remembered by my teammates and coaching staff as a great football player, but an even better person. I would like to be remembered as someone who is respectable, dependable, and hard working.

Q: If you could go back, what would you tell yourself when you were a freshman?
Outside of football, spending more time exploring Cambridge/Boston and all that Harvard has to offer. 

 Q: If you weren't playing football, you would be…
Playing baseball. 

Q: What is your favorite memory on the football field? 
My favorite Harvard football memory is hands down the 2014 Harvard-Yale game. With a packed house at our home stadium, ESPN's College Game Day present, and a miraculous comeback win, I do not think it could get much more fun or exciting than that. 

My favorite high school football memory was my junior year, when I opened up our fourth-round playoff game with an interception that I returned for a touchdown.

Q: Where are your favorite places to eat in the square? 
Felipe's Taqueria  

Q: If you could have dinner with three people, dead or alive, who would they be?
President Barack Obama, LeBron James, and Bill Gates. 

Q: Best and worst football movies of all-time? Why?
My all-time favorite football movie is Remember The Titans. I could watch it a million times and it would never get old. I would say the all-time worst football movie is The Longest Yard. I must say it was a hilarious movie though. 

Q: What is your favorite Murphy-ism (quote/saying that Coach Murphy is known for)?
"We may not always be the strongest, fastest, or most athletic team, but we will always be the toughest, most physical, and grittiest team out there." – Coach Tim Murphy 

Q: What is the best thing about being from your hometown? 
Nothing beats Texas high school football. Friday nights, under the lights, in a sold out stadium of 10,000-plus people screaming your name. 

Q: What is the best advice (about football or life) anyone has ever given you?
Nothing is ever as good as you think it is and nothing is ever as bad as you think it is. 

Q: One thing most people don't know about me is that...
Up until college, I had been playing baseball for longer than I had been playing football. I started playing baseball at four years old and spent all of my summers since I was nine years old traveling around the countries to different baseball tournaments, camps, and showcases. 

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