College Football

Former Hawks cornerback waiting for chance to join German team

Alderson Broaddus tight-end Taylor Ball is taken down by QU's Adehkeem Brown during the second quarter Saturday at QU Stadium. | H-W Photo/Michael Kipley
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By Herald-Whig
Posted: Mar. 18, 2020 12:01 am

QUINCY -- Adehkeem Brown never ventured too far from campus or explored much of the Gem City during his four years playing football at Quincy University.

With a little extra time on his hands these days, he's gaining appreciation for the city that was his college home.

"I'm kind of getting to know the town," Brown said. "It's kind of cool."

Signed to play with the Potsdam Royals in the German Football League, the former All-Great Lakes Valley Conference cornerback is in a holding pattern as overseas travel is suspended by the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. Brown was scheduled to leave for Germany at the end of March, but his departure has been postponed as has the start of the GFL season.

The Royals, who are members of the GFL North Division, were scheduled to open against the Kiel Baltic Hurricanes on May 10. The GFL announced Monday it planned to delay kickoff five weeks because "border closures, quarantine orders and restrictions in air traffic prevent foreign players from arriving to their teams."

So Brown waits.

"They're looking to start in June once everything dies down," he said.

In the meantime, Brown continues to train.

He did workouts with the QU football players, who spent the first half of the winter semester doing conditioning. He also has spent time with Kirkland Burton, the strength and conditioning coach for the Quincy High School football program and a former QU football product, as well as running drills with the Blue Devils.

"It's really sticking with it and sticking to the plan," Brown said.

Quincy helps him do that.

"That's why I like coming here," Brown said. "I started training in St. Louis after I graduated. But when I come to Quincy to train, you can focus. It's way better focus. That's why I like doing my offseasons here."

The goal is simple: Be the best.

"I'm planning on going over there and being the best corner in Europe," Brown said. "That would help me get back over here."

The hope is a team from the Canadian Football League or the XFL takes note of that.

Brown, a 2018 QU graduate who ranks second in QU history with 14 career interceptions, began his professional career with the Turin Giaguari in the Italian football league. He was signed by the Schwäbisch Hall Unicorns in the German Football League last August and helped the team win the GFL 1 South Division title.

Brown was on the playoff roster as the Unicorns reached the German Bowl, losing to the Braunschweig New York Lions.

It was the Unicorns' sixth straight German Bowl appearance, and they won back-to-back titles in 2017-18.

"They were just focused on winning," Brown said. "We would only talk about winning, and the preparation for games was different. From that standpoint, I learned a lot. It's made me want to take it more serious, especially taking the preparation more serious and becoming more of a professional athlete."

It's what could pave his way back to North America to play.

"Now I get a full season to put together a full collection of film that I will send to CFL scouts, especially the ones I was talking to," Brown said. "They pull up Americans all the time from Germany, so that's what I'm shooting for."