Former Viking Proud of Son, Bulldogs Hockey Team

By KBJR News 1

September 3, 2011 Updated Sep 3, 2011 at 10:02 PM CDT

Two Harbors, MN (Northland's NewsCenter) --- Former Minnesota Vikings running back Ted Brown was openly campaigning people to become fans of the UMD Bulldogs during a charity weekend in Two Harbors.

Brown may have a bit of bias, though, in that regard.

His son is J.T. Brown, a Bulldogs forward who helped UMD win the 2011 NCAA national championship and was named the Most Valuable Player of the 2011 Frozen Four tournament.

Ted called J.T. a much better kid than a hockey player when asked about the Bulldogs season, and said he's proud of what his kid has done.

"He chose to do something different than what his dad did," Ted Brown said of J.T. "He could have easily followed in my footsteps because I believe he was a very good football player. He was a running back, defensive back, and doing some amazing things, but he decided to play hockey. I commend the kid for that. He wants to play what he wants to play, and he has done that. All the naysayers, he's proven them wrong. I'm just very proud of him, and he's a good kid."

J.T. Brown and the rest of the Bulldogs were honored September 1 before the Minnesota Vikings preseason game against the Houston Texans, and J.T. was given the honor of blowing the traditional Vikings horn.

Posted by Zach Schneider