Bye, Bye Brohm

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By Holly Freeland
Holly@louisville.com

Last night, the
<?xml:namespace prefix = st1 ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:smarttags" />Universityof Louisville football team said goodbye to one of its most accomplished players and fan-favorite, Brian Brohm.  He suited up for the last time at Papa John’s Cardinal stadium with a nailbiter win vs. Rutgers.
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Brian is the fourth Brohm to play football for the Cardinals.  That’s right, one father and two brothers before him also chose to wear the red and black of U of L.  While some athletes strive to blaze a new path for themselves and make a mark outside of their family ties, Brian Brohm embraces it “My family has always been around me to support me.  My brother Jeff has coached me the last four years and Greg has also been around throughout my football days”.

 

In fact, Brian says that his brother Jeff has been the biggest influence in his career “My brother Jeff played the game at a high level and I saw how hard he was able to work to get to where he was”.  Brian Brohm chose U of L over many top-tiered programs who had also offered scholarships.  It didn’t hurt that his brother was already on the staff.  Jeff Brohm is now in his fifth season with the Cardinals as an assistant coach and is the passing game coordinator.

 

While this 2007 season has been a bit of a disappointment after winning the Orange Bowl last year, Brohm has remained optimistic, leadership-driven, but most importantly: healthy.   From the beginning, Brohm has always been a winner, from his days at Trinity High School where he was not only named USA Today’s Offensive Player Of  The Year, but was also drafted by the Colorado Rockies in the baseball draft.  He says his most memorable moment in football was “playing the five overtime game against Male.  It was an outstanding game all the way around”.

 

The highly decorated star is a definite pick for the NFL draft next spring, even though he’ll graduate this December with a degree in finance.  We wish him the best as not only the University but also the city of Louisville says goodbye to a hometown favorite and a hometown hero.

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