Chalk this news up as the oddest thing you’ll hear all day.
According to ESPN‘s Adam Schefter, Jon Brown, who is a one-time Kentucky Wildcat Soccer star, will suit up for the Jacksonville Jaguars as a kicker when they take on the Detroit Lions later today at 1:00 p.m. on FOX. But that’s not what makes this situation so odd.
Brown, who initially went by Jonathan during his time playing soccer before trimming his name down to just Jon once he elected to try out football, played one season of soccer at Kentucky before transferring to Louisville. He ultimately elected to switch from soccer to football once he got to UL, handling kickoff duties for a few games. This was all the way back in 2014, and Brown has not so much as attempted a regular-season field goal since; not in high school, college, or the NFL. But later on Sunday, he’ll have another chance to finally make a name for himself.
Correction: Jon Brown never attempted a field goal in a game that counted. Brown kicked for the Bengals in the 2018 preseason. But never tried a college FG or one in a regular-season NFL game. https://t.co/UsW0U4jFr1
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) October 18, 2020
This is… Not an exaggeration.
Jaguars kicker today is Jon Brown, who:
—played WR/KR in HS
—played soccer at Kentucky
—transfered to kick at Louisville, but only did kickoffs
—spent some preseasons with the Bengals but never got in a game
He has Never. Ever. Kicked. A Field Goal https://t.co/SB9qlXeVqa
— Rodger Sherman (@rodger) October 18, 2020
Back in 2016, Brown received his first opportunity in the NFL with the Cincinnati Bengals but only attempted kicks during the preseason. Here’s a video of him canning a 55-yarder against the Dallas Cowboys during the 2018 preseason. He connected on all six of his field goals during his preseason tenure with the Bengals. Brown will be the Jaguars’ fifth kicker already this season.
Brown was a high school soccer phenom, making the United States’ men’s U-17 national team after he recorded 38 goals in three high school seasons, according to the Courier-Journal. If he were to make his NFL debut later today, Brown would become just the fifth Black player to make a field goal in the history of the league.
And by the way, he looks like a total badass.
— John Shipley (@_John_Shipley) October 18, 2020
Brown’s story of how he made it to this point in his life is incredibly interesting, and you can read it over ahead of today’s NFL slate by clicking the link here. He was even picked up by the San Francisco 49ers last year, although he never made an on-field appearance. Today could be a massive start for Brown and his NFL career.
[UPDATE 11:34 p.m. – Jon Brown made his first career field-goal attempt during the first quarter, making a 31-yarder. He went 1-2 in his NFL debut, missing a 32-yarder in the second period.]
— NFL Up (@NFLUpOfficial) October 18, 2020