Penn State coaches and teammates react to Journey Brown's retirement
Journey Brown’s football career is officially over with Brown announcing his retirement Wednesday evening.
In reality, head coach James Franklin was the first to break the news during his press conference. Without getting into details, Franklin said Brown would be unable to return to football action this season or in the future.
Brown quickly followed Franklin’s announcement with his personal statement, revealing that he was diagnosed with hypertrophic cardiomyopathy during the offseason. That is a rare heart condition that forced Brown to after just two seasons with the Nittany Lions.
That is an undeniably tough blow for anyone to deal with, especially for a player and person of Brown’s character. Following his announcement, many coaches and current and former teammates reacted to Brown’s news on social media:
— JaJuan Seider (@coachseider) November 12, 2020
One of the best teammates and people I’ve ever been around. Praying for you and your family bro 🙏🏼 https://t.co/b5noWxvr2w
— Trace McSorley (@McSorley_IX) November 12, 2020
Football will ALWAYS be a part of you. I know that pain of not playing but please know this is only the beginning of your story. I have no doubt your next chapters will be full of success! We’ve got your back and will be behind you every step of the way #WeAre https://t.co/WlFOpJ9XZN
— Adam Taliaferro (@Tali43) November 12, 2020
I’ll remember the games when JB was the best player on the field. I am blessed and honored to be around the man who makes me a better person every single day. Love you JB! pic.twitter.com/EwApSD0scs
— Tyler Bowen (@TylerBowen) November 12, 2020
As good of a person, let alone a player, that I’ve ever met. We’ve all learned so much from you, Journey. If anyone will be able to persevere through this, it is you. I never had a doubt that you were destined for greatness, and you still are. Always got your back. Much love ❤️ https://t.co/U7lNCGhbwM
— Will Levis (@will_levis) November 12, 2020
— Jordan Stout (@JORDANSTOUT92) November 12, 2020
Love you Boy, God has a plan. Trust it🤝💙 https://t.co/1dX8O5Yp5S
— “OWEH” (@JaysonOweh) November 12, 2020
One of my favorite teammates I’ve ever had. Love you Downtown Journey Brown. God makes no mistakes! https://t.co/URrAI9iMhv
— Antonio Shelton (@_thegroovyone) November 12, 2020
True hero and leader 🙏🏽🙏🏽 https://t.co/Eb118vWYej
— Micah Parsons (@MicahhParsons11) November 12, 2020
Hopefully Brown’s teammates will continue to rally around him as he deals with this unfortunate news and begins to move forward.