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BWTB: Which player could have been an Olympic swimmer?

Posted Jun 30, 2014

Defensive end Keith Browner played five sports in high school, but one may have qualified him for the Olympics.

Defensive end Keith Browner played five sports in high school, but one may have qualified him for the Olympics.

“I began swimming when I was four years old,” Browner said in an interview with Texans Radio.  “I was on a swim team at a local park. We were actually really good.”

A California native, Browner even went to the Junior Olympics and continued competing for his high school swim team, excelling in the 50-meter freestyle, 100-meter freestyle, and 100-meter breaststroke.

In the end, the practice squad player nicknamed “Brown Town” by J.J. Watt stayed with football. It’s a sport that runs deep in his family lineage.  His father, Keith Browner, Sr., played for USC and was drafted by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Browner, Sr. also played for the Chargers, Raiders, and 49ers. The younger Browner has also had numerous uncles and cousins who all enjoyed success at the NFL level.

But if he had chosen swimming instead, there’s a good chance that “Brown Town” would have qualified for the Olympics.

“If I’d stuck with it, you probably wouldn’t have heard of Michael Phelps. I probably would have just blown him out of the water,” Browner said, smiling.


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