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    'Everette Brown Franchise' makes strong first impression

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    Courtesy of Paul Durham, The Wilson Daily Times

    WILSON - A As a gorgeous Saturday morning turned into a spectacular afternoon, Everette Brown stood in the middle of the football field where he spent many a Friday night early in the decade starring for the Beddingfield Bruins.

    Brown, who now makes a living on the fields of the NFL with the Carolina Panthers, was back at Beddingfield to conduct the inaugural Everette Brown Franchise Football Camp and Family Field Day. The event drew more than 100 campers from middle and high school while another 100 or so guests enjoyed the beautiful weather, inflatable toys and scrumptious desserts for sale.

    "I feel like today was a success. The first time around you have high expectations but at the same time, you don't know what to expect," Brown said after the camp and after patiently signing autographs and posing for photographs for almost an hour.

    "But we had a great turnout, over a hundred kids. The volunteers were great here at Beddingfield. The family is here, friends are here -- it was just great."

    Brown said that almost 50 members of his extended family -- including father, Odell; mother, Jenai; brother, Tobias and sister, Deandra, -- were there to lend a hand.

    "He loves it. He was excited about it and we are all so excited," Jenai Brown said. "He just wanted to make sure everything goes smooth and, so far, it has."

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