Over the course of his career at Purdue, Robbie Hummel became one of the most beloved college athletes of his era. This was because he was constantly getting unfortunate injuries, playing through them and always trying his hardest to lead his team to wins. It would certainly seem like Stanford’s Andy Brown is that type of player, one might even say that Robbie Hummel himself would feel bad for the guy.
After tearing the ACL in his right knee, Brown will be forced to miss the entire 2013-14 season. While this is the first time that Brown has injured that knee, he had teared his left ACL on three separate occasions in the past. The injury occurred when Brown was practicing with his team yesterday. The injury was first reported by GoStanford.com.
Because Brown sat out his freshman year due to tearing the ACL in his left knee (at his first day in practice), he has already used up his medical red shirt season. That means that the injury spells the end of Brown’s NCAA career. While it is certainly a difficult way to end it, Brown sounds like he accepts his fate and is willing to move on from his injured past.
“I just want to thank all of my teammates and coaches during the past four years who have always been there to support and encourage me,” said Brown. “I never would have been able to battle back through these injuries without their help. Even though this is a difficult way to end my career, I feel grateful to have been able to wear a Stanford uniform and contribute to such a great program and university. I will do everything I can to help the team from the sideline this year and am looking forward to all that we will accomplish.”
Though he may be unable to participate in the games, Brown will be on the sidelines all year, cheering his teammates into what he hopes would be the team’s first NCAA tournament berth in Brown’s career. In the locker room, his leadership and experience will be invaluable for the team as they will look to Brown for advice and tips. While he may no longer be playing on the team, Andy Brown will most definitely still be a part of it.