Now that the Giants won’t be making the playoffs, Josh Brown knows which team he will be rooting for to reach the Super Bowl.
“I’ll be buying my first Patriots sweatshirt, that’s for sure,” the kicker told Newsday this week.
That’s because Brown is the first alternate for the Pro Bowl, and the most realistic way for him to reach Hawaii for the first time in his 13-year career is for New England kicker Stephen Gostkowski to be too busy trying to win another championship to attend.
The other kicker already named to the Pro Bowl roster with Gostkowski is Dallas’ Dan Bailey. He’ll have no scheduling conflict.
“It’s exciting,” Brown said of getting so close to the annual all-star game. “It’s great to be recognized. It’s humbling. You kind of just have to wait and see, but it feels very good to be recognized.”
Brown has had a very strong season, making 26 of 28 field-goal attempts. He connected on his first 25, but when teammates noted that he almost made the Pro Bowl roster, he said his retort was simple and self-deprecating: “I missed it by 47 yards from the left hash.”
That, of course, was the logistics of his first miss of the season, which came in overtime against the Jets earlier this month. It prevented the Giants from extending the game and allowed the Jets to win.
“You have to joke about it, because to me, that’s it,” Brown said of the difference between getting named to the team and being an alternate. “The Jets kick is the biggest kick. With that one in, I think it’s a different story.”
The Giants were eliminated from playoff contention Saturday night, but before that, Brown hadn’t yet become a full-fledged member of the Patriots’ bandwagon.
“Let’s win these two games and you never know,” he had said of the Giants’ chances. “Maybe we’ll play the Patriots [in the Super Bowl]. That’s my thought.”
Josh Brown’s 2015 field-goal numbers: