Posted Nov 1, 2005 16:37:21
Tech Mourns Loss of Former Bulldog
RUSTON – Former Louisiana Tech football standout Lester Brown was killed early Monday morning in California after being involved in a traffic accident on Interstate 15 north of state Route 138, according to San Bernardino Highway Patrol Officer Gil Campa.
Brown, who was a two-year starter at Louisiana Tech, was a fierce competitor on the field but was known more around the university campus and among his coaches, teammates and friends for his gentle and kind nature.
“Lester was a great guy,” said junior offensive lineman Marcus Lindsey. “He was one of my best friends. We spent a lot of time together. He was from California, and I had family from California. He’s going to a better place now, but he will be missed. I want to let his family know that we at Louisiana Tech are thinking of them.”
Brown started at left tackle for the Bulldogs in all 12 games in 2003 and 10 games in 2004, missing two contests due to injury. The Apple Valley, Calif., native earned second team all-Louisiana honors following his senior season after anchoring a Tech line that helped pave the way for running back Ryan Moats’ record-setting year.
“It’s a very, very difficult day for everyone,” said Tech head coach Jack Bicknell. “I just can’t him out of my mind. I recruited him and I remember sitting in his home talking to his mom. What a great family. I have a hard time (dealing with this); a guy is here, young and healthy and then he’s not here. He was well liked and one of the nicest people you’ll ever meet, yet he was a fierce competitor on the field.”
The 23-year-old signed a free agent contract with the NFL’s Baltimore Ravens in May and participated in the team’s mini-camps during the summer. After finally being cut by Baltimore, Brown was signed to the Jacksonville Jaguars practice squad in early September before being cut a few weeks ago.
Brown signed with Louisiana Tech in February of 2003 after starting for two years on the offensive line for coach Dave Hoover at Victor Valley Community College in California. He was a two-time all-conference selection and an all-state performer in 2001 while also participating on the Victor Valley track and field team.
Brown earned his bachelor’s degree in sociology from Louisiana Tech in May of 2005.
Lester Brown Bio
Signed a free agent contract with the NFL’s Baltimore Ravens … 2004: Started 10 games at left tackle for Louisiana Tech, missing two due to injury … Earned second team all-Louisiana honors by the Louisiana Sports Writers Association … Helped pave the way for running back Ryan Moats’ record setting season (1,774 yards, 18 touchdowns) … 2003: Started all 12 games at left offensive tackle for Tech … Named Louisiana Tech’s Offensive Player of the Week against Nevada … Helped anchor a Tech offensive line that allowed Ryan Moats to rush for 1,300 yards and 10 touchdowns … Helped protect Bulldog quarterbacks who passed for over 3,500 yards and 20 scores … 2002: Graduated from Victor Valley Community College … Did not play football that year … Junior College: Played offensive line for Victor Valley and coach Dave Hoover … Two-time all-conference … Named all-state in 2001 … Also participated in track and field at Victor Valley … High School: Played at Apple Valley High School … Personal: Native of Apple Valley, California … Earned his bachelor’s degree in sociology from Louisiana Tech in May of 2005 … Son of Lester and Diane Brown … Has two sisters, Latisha and Latanya … Born Oct. 18, 1982, in Compton, California.