PHILADELPHIA - Junior Taylor Brown of the University of Pennsylvania football team will be featured on national television Saturday on FOX's "The Real Winning Edge". Super Bowl champion and standout wide receiver for the Green Bay Packers, Greg Jennings, will introduce Brown's segment which airs at noon in Philadelphia.
"The Real Winning Edge" is shown in 75 percent of the nation. A complete list of stations that carry the program can be found at the link above. Check your local listings to see when it may air in your area.
The series features real-life high school and college students who face challenges such as substance abuse, being abandoned by their parents, suicide of someone they loved, and the myriad problems youth face. The profiles document how they achieve victory not only in their fields of talent, in sports or the arts, but in their personal lives through making wise choices.
In addition to medical and financial hardship, Brown, who started all 10 games for the Quakers in 2011, has perservered through the suicides of several close friends.
"Going through some of these things and finding a purpose, I just want to help others get through it too," Brown said. "Hopefully, if a few kids can see how I dealt with it, they can take something out of it and apply it, and it can help. That would make this worthwhile."
"The Real Winning Edge" encourages young people to see beyond their own circumstances and realize they are not alone in their struggles. The program hopes to instill confidence and optimism in teenagers who are reaching for their dreams.
There are three athletes featured each week and a celebrity introduces each segment. Jennings will do so for Brown, while other celebrity introductions have included, Olympic gold medalists Apolo Ohno, Misty May-Treanor and Bryan Clay, along with NASCAR driver Jeff Gordon, Green Bay Packers wide receiver Donald Driver and St. Louis Cardinals MVP Albert Pujols.
Brown was the starting defensive tackle for Penn and registered at least one tackle in every game. He finished with a career-high 29, including a single-game career-best six tackles at Brown (Oct. 29) and in the Homecoming win over Princeton (Nov. 5). He also tallied his first career sack against the Bears and recorded a forced fumble at Harvard (Nov. 12). Penn finished the season at 5-5 overall and 4-3 in the Ivy League.