HOULTON, Me (WAGM) - On Saturday the best high school football players who just graduated will play in the 28th Maine Shrine Lobster Bowl Classic. Isaac Luken catches up with Austin Brown who is the representative for Houlton.
"I'm honored honestly. I feel like it's a great experience, I'm blessed for the coaches to nominate me and be selected. I can't wait to play," Brown said.
One reason Brown was nominated was his constant work ethic.
"Austin represents the school on and off the field. When I got up here last summer we were working out at 6:00 in the morning and he was one of the only kids who went to every single workout in the morning. When we practiced at night he was the first one in sprints, first one in the weight room and last one out of the weight room," said Houlton assistant coach Jon Solomon.
Another was the versatility that he showed by being able to play multiple positions.
"I played slot back, running back, outside linebacker, safety, kick return, punt return. Pretty much everything," Brown explained.
When Solomon thinks of Brown's career, one game goes right to the top of his mind.
"We go back to senior night, he banged up his ankle, but never let it bother him. Then coach Reynolds called for him on a go route and he blew by his defender for the game winning touchdown. Stearns had a chance to comeback and Austin sealed the game with an interception," Solomon said.
The upcoming game is more than just recognizing players for performance on the field.
"When you see Austin working out with little kids that all around at the football field or even when he's at track. When he's around the community he's always got that smile on. He's happy and wants to help anyone out that's needed," Solomon added.
Each player had to raise money for Shrine Hospitals and Brown was able to exceed his goal and is looking forward to the service aspect this week.
"I wanted to reach $1,000 and I reached it, I actually got $1,100 so that was nice. I happy people helped me fund that, it's amazing," Brown said.