CFC100 RB Chase Brown selected 163rd overall in the 2023 NFL Draft

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It was the moment CFC100 RB Chase Brown out of Illinois has been waiting for his entire life after being selected 163rd overall in the 5th round of the 2023 NFL Draft by the Cincinnati Bengals.

The London, ON native will be joining the Bengals after dominating the NCAA leaderboards during his time at Illinois. Brown originally committed to Western Michigan where he spent one season, but decided to transfer to Illinois as a sophomore to join his twin brother CFC100 DB Sydney Brown on campus. It turned out to be a pivotal decision along his road to the pros with Brown becoming one of the top running backs in the nation while wearing the orange and blue. He only played in four games during his sophomore year at Illinois which allowed him to redshirt, and then he exploded onto the scene in 2021 during the pandemic carrying the ball 170 times for 1005 yards, which was good enough to finish third in the conference in rushing yards per game and All-Big Ten Third Team honours. He followed up with another banner season to finish his career with Illinois rushing for 1643 yards, which was good enough for third in the NCAA, and also received national accolades including a nominations for the Doak Walker Award, the Walter Camp Player of the Year, the Maxwell Award, All-Big Ten Third Team honours, and an invitation to the Senior Bowl.

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Brown grew up in London where he was a member of the London Jr. Mustangs, and attended London South Collegiate Institute before deciding to make the journey down south to complete his high school career alongside his twin brother at St. Stephen’s in Florida. He helped lead St. Stephen’s to back-to-back Sunshine State Athletic Conference independent state championships, and was also a superstar on the track anchoring the state champion 400m relay, and holds school record in the 100m dash. Brown finished as the third ranked prospect on the CFC100 Class of 2018 Rankings.Β 

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