Back then it was a scrawny teenager edging his way onto the varsity football team for the first time with the Blackville-Hilda High School Hawks.
Hopes and dreams threw the football as much as his teammates then.
"He went from being the smallest kid on the team in ninth grade to playing in five Super Bowls," said Tim Moore about Troy Brown.
Moore, now a Barnwell attorney, was the BHHS coach 25 years ago when Brown first got on the varsity team. Moore coached at BHHS from 1979 to 1985.