Willie "Jerome" Brown III

Student-Athlete
Inducted 2020

As member of the Philadelphia Eagles Hall of Fame and the University of Miami Hall of Fame, Willie “Jerome” Brown III was inducted into the Florida High School Athletic Hall of Fame in 2020. To this day, he is considered the most dominant football player in the history of Hernando High School, where he was an All-State selection and won Parade All-American. Brown was also a standout athlete in basketball and baseball, often referred to as “Mr. Clutch”.

Following high school, the Brooksville native, went on to play football for the University of Miami. As a relentless Hurricane, he was a member of the 1983 National Championship team, served as team captain, and was named All-American. In 1987, Brown was selected as the ninth overall pick by the Philadelphia Eagles in the NFL draft. With the Eagles, he held a distinguished career as a two-time All-Pro player and two-time Pro Bowl participant.

Brown was not only known for his athletic abilities but also for being a leader and his community service. In his spare time, Jerome remained dedicated to his hometown and Hernando High. He continually mentored young athletes, spoke to the community about the importance of continuing education, and ran the Jerome Brown Football Camp, in which all proceeds went to his high school. Brooksville is now home to the Jerome Brown Community Center, created in his memory.