It was a busy day for Duane Brown on Duane Brown Day.
The offensive lineman spent Tuesday morning reading to 850 kids from Spring Branch ISD as part of the United Way's "Readers Do Something About It" reading rally. Brown challenged every student to knock out 20 books between now and March 2015.
Following the rally, Brown was honored by Mayor Annise Parker and City Council members at City Hall for his commitment to the Houston Community, in particular, his involvement in the Texans All Community Team (TACT) program.
The All-Pro's TACT group, known as "Brown's Pocket Protectors", consists of a group of 10 to 20 kids from underserved communities who receive tickets each game and are provided very special experiences. In addition to complimentary tickets, "Brown's Pocket Protectors" receive T-shirts, vouchers for refreshments and food and the opportunity to line up outside of the Texans locker room before the game starts to high-five their favorite Texans players as they take the field.
For all his great efforts, the City of Houston officially named December 2 Duane Brown Day. Brown was overwhelmed and humbled by the recognition.
"One of the best moments of my life, man," Brown said following the ceremony. "I don't even think it's really hit me what happened. It's a great honor, a very humbling feeling to be acknowledged by something like this. I appreciate it."
"It's something I love to do," he continued. "I love to try to build up the children and give them something to look up to and forward to. It's been part of my plan since I've been here."