Marquise Brown is in his second season with the Baltimore Ravens. Brown is making a name for himself after a productive rookie season. He has come a long way and has put in the work and effort to become an NFL player.
Before entering the league, he spent time working at Six Flags when he attended a California junior college.
Marquise Brown becoming a top NFL draft prospect
Brown spent two seasons at Oklahoma after spending time playing at the College of Canyons in California. When he joined the football team at Oklahoma in 2017, he immediately impacted the team. He played in all 13 games, starting in eight of them and led the team with 1,095 receiving yards. Brown also had seven touchdowns receptions that year. His 1,095 receiving yards ranked eighth in single-season school history. He was named All-Big 12 honorable mention by league coaches’ after his performance.
He returned for his junior season in 2018 and continued to have success at Oklahoma. Brown played in all 14 games and finished with 1,318 receiving yards, ranked as the fourth most in school single-season history. He also tied for the national lead in receptions of 40-plus yards (11), 50-plus yards (seven), and 60-plus yards (four). Brown was one of Oklahoma’s top players, and he was a first-team All-Big 12 selection. He also was a first-team All-American.
Brown finished his career at Oklahoma with 132 receptions for 2,413 yards and 17 touchdowns. In just two years, he put together an impressive resume that made him a top NFL prospect.
Marquise Brown starting his career with the Baltimore Ravens
The Ravens selected Brown with the 25th overall pick in the 2019 NFL draft. He made his NFL debut against the Miami Dolphins in Week 1. Brown finished the game with four receptions for 147 receiving yards and two touchdowns. That game Brown became the first player in NFL history to score two touchdowns of 40 or more yards in his first game.
In Week 15, Brown reeled in his seventh touchdown reception of the season, and that tied the Ravens franchise record for most receiving touchdowns by a rookie. He finished his rookie season with 46 receptions for 584 yards and seven touchdowns. Brown put together an impressive performance in his playoff debut with seven receptions for 126 yards in a 28-12 Divisional Round loss to the Tennessee Titans.
Marquise Brown worked at Six Flags before earning over $11 million in the NFL
In high school, Brown did not receive any Division I scholarships and decided to go the junior college route and play at the College of Canyons. He was rated the No. 10 junior college player in the country by Rivals and was ranked as the third-best wide receiver by 247Sports and ESPN. One thing about California junior colleges is that they don’t offer scholarships to their players, so Brown had to find a way to make some money.
Head coach Ted Iacenda directed most of his players to Six Flags Magic Mountain, which was not too far from the school, for work. Brown took full advantage of that, and he had to walk to work since he did not have any means of transportation. In an article from si.com in 2017, Brown talked about his time working at Six Flags. “I’d go, ‘Five, four, three’—and then I’d stop,” Brown said. “Then I’d say, ‘Y’all want me to keep counting?’ and before they could respond I’d hit the button and the ride would take off.”
Fast forward a few years later, and Brown is now in the NFL, making millions of dollars. When he signed with the Ravens as a rookie, he signed a four-year contract worth $11,787,340, including a $6,592,612 signing bonus, $11,094,976 guaranteed average annual salary of $2,946, according to www.spotrac.com. Now that Brown is in the NFL, and can look back at his journey to get to the league and will always remember the time he was working at Six Flags to make some money, and now he’s making money doing something he loves.