Adolph Brown, who goes by Doc Brown, had one message for the students of New Richmond Middle School and New Richmond High School on Thursday: Be your best.
Brown, who considers himself an enthusiastic communicator, spoke to the students while in New Richmond. Later that night, he also discussed "Lessons in Uncommon Sense" with community members.
The visit was sponsored by JA Counter and the New Richmond Area Community Foundation.
Brown began his presentation by pretending to be a new student in school. He dressed as a student in the projects, or as he called it, "a wanna be thug."
"This was me," he told the students. "I was a wanna be thug. Now, I tell kids, 'You can't be a thug if your mamma still picks you up from school.'"
Brown said his attitude changed when he met his wife, who was not only beautiful, but smart too.
"She was an apple in the tree," he said, referring to girls with high standards. "Those apples on the ground ... guys pick them up and take a bite then throw them back."
Brown encouraged the New Richmond teens to learn from his experiences. He urged the female students to be "apples in the tree." Likewise, he told the young men that they need to learn to become "tree climbers."
While the students seemed to grasp Brown's message, the favorite part of the presentation was what Brown called "classroom management" -- a lesson for the teachers.
This lesson came throughout the presentation when Brown stopped his show to "call out" a student for interrupting his presentation.
"I don't do this to disrespect you, Hunter," he said to one student. "I do it because I think you can do better and because I love you. I love you, man."
Brown stressed that it's important for students to do their best in terms of education.
"No one wants perfection," he said. "We want excellence."
"To make a million you need to be worth a million," he said. "And how do you do that? Through education. NFL stands for not for long. Sure, you might play for five years, but what do you do after that with no education?"
Brown said his grandfather taught him to throw a shoe under his bed each night.
"He told me to throw it back there as far as I could," he said. "When you throw your shoe under the bed at night, it forces you to start each day on your knees."
About Doc Brown
As a child, his father left him. Brown rose from welfare and the inner-city streets with a single-parent mother and four siblings to being the first of his siblings to graduate high school and attend college. Still experiencing many of life's ups and downs, Brown inspires and motivates parents and students to truly become the best that they can become.