The Miami Dolphins' bizarre offseason just got a little bit stranger. They announced the signing of Les Brown, a 26-year-old former college basketball player who hasn't played competitive sports since he dropped out of college to work for a private equity firm.
Brown will compete in Dolphins camp with Anthony Fasano, Charles Clay, Jeron Mastrud and Will Yeatman for one of three tight end slots on the 53-man roster, despite not having played football since he was 18-years-old.
Brown was recruited out of high school to BYU for football and Harvard for basketball; he was also an excellent baseball player. He chose basketball in the end, but after a late decision not to go on his Moron mission trip he enrolled at Westminster College, a small liberal arts school in Utah.
He played for three seasons for the Griffins, before an internship at Huntsman Gay Global Capital turned into a full time job offer and so he left college early.
Fast forward three years, and the 6'4 Brown is now a flabby 215, up from the 190 pounds he was during his playing days. He had returned to Utah, and was helping his younger brother try to find a professional trainer as he attempted to get to the NFL when things changed.
His brother had a meeting with Chad Ikei, a trainer based in Honolulu, when Ikei suggested that the elder Brown would make a great NFL tight end if he was willing to work with Ikei.
Brown rebuffed him initially, but eventually moved to Hawaii to train full time under Ikei with 11 other NFL prospects. In six weeks, Brown transformed from a flabby 215, to the 240 pounds of NFL player that his is now. The change is documented in an incredible video.
BYU allowed Brown to participate in their pro-day where he ran a 4.43, jumped a 39-inch vertical and maxed out at 365 on the bench press. It obviously impressed the Dolphins enough to extend him the invitation to camp.
While Brown was an excellent high school player, it is a long way from the Utah state tournament to an NFL regular season game. It remains to be seen if Brown has the ball-skills and football I.Q. needed to play at the NFL level, but he certainly looks like a great story in the making.