Allen Brown to be recognized at Ole Miss game todayPublished 12:01am Saturday, September 1, 2012
NATCHEZ — Allen Brown has racked up numerous awards and achievements since his playing days at the University of Mississippi.describe
Today, Brown will step foot on a Rebel football field once again to be recognized for another achievement.
After the Ole Miss M-Club Alumni Chapter honored Brown Friday night with the Service Award for his dedication to the M-Club, Brown will have the opportunity to take the field at halftime of the Rebels’ game with Central Arkansas to be recognized by the crowd.
“I’m really honored,” Brown said. “I didn’t really think about it too much when I first started doing this. But it is quite an achievement, but it’s kind of like getting something for nothing, because I like what I’m doing.”
For nearly two decades, Brown, with the help of his nephew Alton Brown, who is also receiving an award, has cooked for the M-Club summer retreat. Brown said that service is one of the reasons he is being honored this weekend.
“We furnish all the food,” he said. “It’s our way of giving back to Ole Miss for the things they’ve done for me.”
Brown said the retreat is for anyone who lettered in a sport at Ole Miss. Brown said he usually has to feed approximately 300 people each year.
Sharing the award with his nephew makes this weekend even more special, Brown said.
Brown said he is excited about his weekend at Ole Miss.
“Of course we’re going to go to the football game (today) and go to the Grove,” he said.
Brown said taking the field at halftime to be recognized is nothing new for him. He was inducted into the M-Club Hall of Fame in 1989 and the Mississippi Sports Hall of Fame in 2000.
Brown expects his alma mater to show some improvement on the football field this season, starting with tonight’s game.
“I think they will do better than what they did last year for sure,” he said. “We might surprise a few people.”
Brown was an All-American at Ole Miss from 1962-64. He then went on to play for the Green Bay Packers.