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Orangeburg, SC (WLTX) --- Orangeburg-Wilkinson head football coach Tommy Brown has been around the Bruin program going on 18 seasons. This past weekend, many former players, teammates and friends gathered at the high school to honor the longtime coach.

Brown led the Bruins to ten successive playoff appearances in his first stint with the school, which lasted until 2003. The "roast" held at the high school was a way for those to share the many memories they've had with Brown.

"Coach Brown is well deserving and he means a lot to a lot of players," said Arturo Freeman who played for Brown.

Many former players reflected upon Brown's toughness and work ethic not just as a player at South Carolina State, but the work ethic he brought to the field as a coach.

"The man he[Brown] is today, is the man I want to become," said Tim Jennings, another former player.

Brown's influence stretched beyond football as he touched the lives of those he came into contact with.

"He wasn't just a football coach. He was a man," explained Jennings who now plays for the Chicago Bears. "He taught me how to be a man."

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