Newspaper article The Topeka Capital-Journal

Kevin Haskin: Former KU Player Films Documentary on Koyotes ; Haskin: Documentary Shows 'Another Perspective'

Newspaper article The Topeka Capital-Journal

Kevin Haskin: Former KU Player Films Documentary on Koyotes ; Haskin: Documentary Shows 'Another Perspective'

Article excerpt

Whatever motivates football players to prolong their careers indoors, on 50-yard fields, for peanuts, is somewhat fascinating.

So much so, the Kansas Koyotes became a subject of a documentary this season.

"The guys working on it have gotten a lot of footage," Koyotes coach Carlos Kelly said. "They've kinda been a part of the team. They've been around as much as anyone."

Micah Brown had the vision. In part, because at one point in his life, he could not let go of football.

Recruited to Kansas as a triple jumper out of Kearney, Neb., Brown quit the track team after his freshman year and joined Mark Mangino's Jayhawks as a walk-on.

The 22-yard reception Brown grabbed off a fake punt to blunt Virginia Tech's momentum and help Kansas win the Orange Bowl in 2008 made his return to football worth it. He mostly played as an undersized gunner on special teams and was eventually placed on scholarship.

So when Brown interviewed the Koyotes and watched their games, he understood what drives guys to keep playing for little reward.

"I miss football every day. I can identify with a lot of these guys," Brown said. "If I could still do it, uhh, I probably wouldn't do it. I have other career goals, but I miss the competition. That's what every football player has to come to terms with at the end."

Just consider Brown's introduction to Topeka's indoor team. It appeared the career of a KU teammate, linebacker Eric Washington, was over after he suffered a neck injury. Yet once he was gone from KU, Washington surfaced with the Koyotes.

"I had a couple of other teammates from KU go on and play there, and so it just kind of stuck out to me that this was a world that no one had seen before," Brown said.

"This was kind of football in its purest form, because they were playing for the love of the game, and for nothing else. At that point I started thinking of it as a screenplay, but then later I thought it was kind of lame to make a movie that was fiction when this was real."

At times this season seemed unreal for the Koyotes.

They lost their first 10 games and suffered their second straight one-win season, this time under new owner Nick Baumgartner. …

Search by... Author
Show... All Results Primary Sources Peer-reviewed

Oops!

An unknown error has occurred. Please click the button below to reload the page. If the problem persists, please try again in a little while.