L+T: Mike, what were your initial thoughts on participating in the documentary?
MIke Brown: I was in shock that he wanted to do my story, because everybody has a story. But I felt that if he thought that my story was compelling- than it was a serious deal.
L+T: How have you been preparing yourself mentally and physically for the combine?
MB: Well, I’ve been going to Test Football Academy in Martinsville, NJ. They have produced some of the latest-round draft picks, including Patrick Peterson and a few other guys. Simply, the guy who is the CEO there I emailed him kind in desperation in getting the best trainer possible and he kindly accepted me into the program, although it wasn’t necessarily my draft year this year. I’ve been going hard there for the last seven weeks now. Robert Price, the head sports psychologist at Test, has helped me in my preparation as well.
L+T: You also worked with speed coach and Olympic gold medalist Ato Boldon. How has he prepared you for the combine?
MB: To be technical, [Ato] talked about driving and making your body like pistons…pretty much driving out of the box. He is from Trinidad so he’s strict with his tone, in terms of instruction. He’s kind of dead on with everything. He’s as good as there ever was, but he’s really demanding as a coach.
L+T: How has this whole experience been for you thus far?
MB: It’s probably the second time that I’m going through this experience in a few different ways, but I’m definitely more mature from when I was attempting to enter the NFL before. So this time I’m able to sit back and appreciate having the opportunity more so.