on January 20, 2019, equianimeous st. brown was sitting at home watching the nfl conference championship games.
“won’t be home this time next year,” tweeted st. brown-and he wasn’t far wrong. He may have missed out again due to injury in 2020, but on Sunday he took the field as the Packers faced the Tampa Bay Buccaneers for a spot in Super Bowl LV.
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unfortunately for st. Brown will have to wait a bit longer to become the fourth potential German to appear in the main event after the Buccaneers won 31-26 to reach the big game in his hometown of Tampa, Florida on February 7. /p>
st. Brown, 24, was scouted twice by quarterback Aaron Rodgers and caught a 10-yard pass but then couldn’t control the ball in the end zone for a two-point conversion as the legendary Tom Brady mastered the procedures.
however, the evening marked an impressive milestone for st. brown, who holds US and German citizenship, a high point in a Hollywood-worthy international family story, but one that began at a bodybuilding convention in Cologne in 1989.
an international issue
miriam steyer was only at the convention to join a friend who was playing badminton. John Brown, on the other hand, had specially flown in from California to introduce a new protein product for a German company.
brown knew what he was talking about. the three times mr. world and twice mr. the universe was pure muscle, and he immediately caught steyer’s eye. her English wasn’t brilliant, he recalls, so they didn’t have much to talk about, but the attraction was mutual and the two kept in touch.
california felt much further from germany than today and phone calls weren’t cheap. so the pair exchanged letters, gradually getting to know and love each other over a distance of 9,000 kilometers. “every six months she flew,” she tells dw.
in 1996 they were married in the rhineland before settling in the united states. that fall their first child was born.
destined to be an athlete
john brown always wanted his children to be athletes. footballers, if possible, in the nfl. and he knew that little nuances could make a difference.
names, for example. but his name was a slave name. therefore, she added the “st” prefix. for “santa”, and which also happened to be the first two letters of his wife’s maiden name.
And to make sure his son would immediately attract attention, he named him equanimeous tristan imhotep, the first name meaning “serenity,” the third after an ancient Egyptian high priest. His brothers, Osiris Adrian Amon-Ra and Amon-Ra Julian Heru are also named after the Egyptian gods of the underworld, the sun, and the sky.
miriam steyer says she had no say in the matter, and while she approved of the idea of her children becoming professional athletes one day, she “focused on everything else outside of sports.” especially in the education of children. For Steyer, it was important for the children to grow up speaking multiple languages, which she believes will serve them well later on, after their sports careers.
roots on two continents
She was also eager to show her children her own country, and each summer the family visited relatives in Germany, dividing their time between Leverkusen near Cologne and Friedensdorf in Saxony-Anhalt, where her great-aunt Sieglinde Zeising lives.
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equanimeous has US and German citizenship and says he has fond memories of “a lot of animals, a lot of land, a few houses, a barn, and a lot of fruit and vegetables in the backyard” when he thinks of his German “tante linde,” which he now he is 88 years old. Friedensdorf, she says, was completely different from what he knew of California.
Back home on the West Coast, he and his brothers had been lifting weights in the garage since the age of five and following a strict nutritional plan drawn up by their father. “I can teach them everything to become the best in the world,” John Brown told the Los Angeles Times. “because I know what it takes.”
equanimeous says it’s to the advantage that his father was also a professional athlete. “He showed us how hard the road is, how hard we would have to work.”
from the streets to the super bowl?
To do that, John Brown took his kids to Compton on weekends, the notorious suburb where he himself grew up and which in the 1970s had the highest murder rate in America.
In Compton, his kids played sports against local kids, comparing themselves to kids who didn’t grow up in sheltered families and certainly didn’t go to private school, but knew how to succeed in life nonetheless.
That was the attitude that once helped John Brown rise from the streets to the top of his sport, and has helped his son too.
In 2018-19, the 1.96m wide receiver made 21 receptions for 328 yards in 12 games. not bad for a rookie, but not bad enough to keep the Packers from missing the championship game. In December 2020, he scored his first touchdown and finished the season just one game away from the Super Bowl.
You will see him again on television on February 7, but his story is just beginning.