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RB-Donald Brown Press Conference Quotes

  RB-DONALD BROWN (on arriving at the Colts facility) “It’s great.

RB-DONALD BROWN (on arriving at the Colts facility)

"It's great.  It really is.  I'm excited.  It's been a long journey.  It's been a great journey, and I'm proud to be here today especially with the people that mean the most to me, my family.  Just the opportunity to play with a great organization in Indianapolis and the opportunity that Mr. Polian has given me, Coach Caldwell and Mr. Irsay, and I'm very fortunate."

RB-DONALD BROWN (on what was going through his mind while coming to Indianapolis)

"I was trying to just take it all in.  It's a life-long dream.  I know that next weekend, we are back to work.  I'm looking forward to it."

RB-DONALD BROWN (on the last 12 hours)

"It's been crazy.  It really has.  I've been on cloud nine.  At times I had to pinch myself, saying, 'Wow, is this real?'  This has been my life-long dream.  I'm about to play in the National Football League.  I'm excited."

RB-DONALD BROWN (on his meeting with former New York Giants RB-Tiki Barber)

"It was about 15 days ago.  It was a great experience because I grew up in New Jersey.  The Giants are right down the road.  I was a big Tiki Barber fan.  Having the opportunity to sit down with him a couple weeks ago was a great opportunity.  I learned a lot.  He's a great guy, and we just talked about the different things that will come across during a NFL career and the transition from college to pros and how to take care of your body.  Also, the different types of training that he did, and the NFL lifestyle.  I took a lot out of it.  That was something I wanted to do and my agent made it possible."

RB-DONALD BROWN (on growing up a New York Giants fan)

"Yes.  Obviously, though, I'm not a Giants fan anymore."

RB-DONALD BROWN (on his time at the University of Connecticut)

"It was a great experience.  I met many great people along the way and made many great relationships.  Coach (Randy) Edsall's staff has done a phenomenal job up there…We've only been Division I-A for I think 10 or eleven years now.  We've been to three bowl games, one Big East Championship and, in a matter of 10 years, that's pretty remarkable.  The leaps and bounds that program has made is phenomenal, and it's a testament to Coach Edsall and his staff."

RB-DONALD BROWN (on his Leadership Conference)

"With the platform we have in the NFL and all the tools and resources that we have, you can do pretty powerful things with it.  The way it worked is it was about leadership.  It was open to grades freshmen to out-going seniors.  Each high school student was able to submit an essay.  It was about 200 words about leadership and what it means to them and somebody who is a leader in their eyes, and why.  We received hundreds of essays.  Myself and a couple of other people read through the essays, and we narrowed it down to 86.  We had about 80 kids come out.  We just talked about the different things that come up through high school and college that included drugs, alcohol, time management, academics, priorities and your social life.  It wasn't just me talking.  It was interactive, interesting questions and very informal.  It was just a nice environment.  Everybody was comfortable.  It was a great night.  I plan to start something out here, too."

RB-DONALD BROWN (on the Colts showing interest before the draft)

"Not really.  It's not always the team that shows the most interest that you go to.  That was clearly the case yesterday."

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