New Jersey high school quarterback scores eight touchdowns after losing his mother to cancer

New Jersey high school quarterback scores eight touchdowns after losing


A New Jersey high school quarterback led his team to playoff victory when he scored eight touchdowns after tragically losing his mom to cancer the day before.

Alex Brown, a quarterback for the Red Bank Catholic Caseys, said a final goodbye to his number one fan just hours before the game.

‘Yesterday I lost my amazing mother. Today I scored 8 touchdowns, thank you for watching over me mama,’ Alex tweeted after the 58-34 win on Friday. 

The tweet and a short clip of the game have racked up almost 40,000 likes and more than 3,000 retweets. 

Alex’s mom, Michelle, endured a lengthy and painful battle with breast cancer for 14 years, but that didn’t stop her from being in the front row every game her son played.

Alex, who started playing football when he was 9 years old, told NBC News that it was his mother’s strong character and courage in life that motivated him to play on Friday.

‘She taught me to be strong, she gave me that courage to step into that field…Playing that game, I just played for her,’ he told the outlet after his story attracted national attention.

Alex Brown (left), a quarterback for the Red Bank Catholic Caseys, had a stellar game on Friday just hours after losing his mother Michelle (center) pictured with Alexx's father Ray (right)

Alex Brown (left), a quarterback for the Red Bank Catholic Caseys, had a stellar game on Friday just hours after losing his mother Michelle (center) pictured with Alexx’s father Ray (right) 

'Yesterday I lost my amazing mother. Today I scored 8 touchdowns, thank you for watching over me mama,' Alex tweeted after the 58-34 win on Friday

‘Yesterday I lost my amazing mother. Today I scored 8 touchdowns, thank you for watching over me mama,’ Alex tweeted after the 58-34 win on Friday

'She taught me to be strong, she gave me that courage to step into that field...Playing that game, I just played for her,'Alex said

‘She taught me to be strong, she gave me that courage to step into that field…Playing that game, I just played for her,’Alex said

'It honestly felt like the whole night was scripted before I even got there. You know, I threw that first touchdown pass, and I just knew she was going to be with me the whole night. And it was a really special feeling,' headded

‘It honestly felt like the whole night was scripted before I even got there. You know, I threw that first touchdown pass, and I just knew she was going to be with me the whole night. And it was a really special feeling,’ headded

Alex, who started playing football when he was 9 years old, said that it was his mother's strong character and courage in life that motivated him to play on Friday

Alex, who started playing football when he was 9 years old, said that it was his mother’s strong character and courage in life that motivated him to play on Friday

‘It’s tough now that she’s gone…I still went to practice, I still played in the game, because I knew that’s what she would want me to do,’ he added.

Just in October, Michelle had been cheering from the sidelines as her son’s team honored her wearing pink for Cancer Awareness month.

She led the team in a chant, as local photographer Brian Yadlon captured the emotive moments of what would be Michelle’s last time seeing her son playing football.

‘We reeled my mom and it was kind of a surprise to her. We gave her the game ball,’ Alex reminisced. ‘I kind of realized that her spirit was there on the field with us that night’ so I kind of got a little excited that she was still there with me.’

But despite the heartbreaking news of his mom’s death on Thursday, Alex channeled all his energy on the field and played in her honor.

‘It honestly felt like the whole night was scripted before I even got there. You know, I threw that first touchdown pass, and I just knew she was going to be with me the whole night. And it was a really special feeling,’ he said.

Just in October, Michelle had been cheering from the sidelines as her son's team honored her wearing pink for Cancer Awareness month

Just in October, Michelle had been cheering from the sidelines as her son’s team honored her wearing pink for Cancer Awareness month

Michelle endured a lengthy and painful battle with breast cancer for 14 years, but that didn't stop her from being in the front row every game her son played

Michelle endured a lengthy and painful battle with breast cancer for 14 years, but that didn’t stop her from being in the front row every game her son played

After his story was shared by ESPN's Sports Center on Instagram, one of Alex's biggest heroes, Tom Brady, commented 'Proud of you'

After his story was shared by ESPN’s Sports Center on Instagram, one of Alex’s biggest heroes, Tom Brady, commented ‘Proud of you’

In response, Alex tweeted: 'Thank you @TomBrady for reaching out. You are a huge role model and someone I look up to not only in football but in life, thank you. my mama would be extremely happy'

In response, Alex tweeted: ‘Thank you @TomBrady for reaching out. You are a huge role model and someone I look up to not only in football but in life, thank you. my mama would be extremely happy’

After the game, Alex said his dad, Ray, approached him and told him how proud he was and that people would remember his brave outlook in life.

Alex’s story has since captivated the nation, with thousands voicing their respect and admiration for the young man.

After his story was shared by ESPN’s Sports Center on Instagram, one of Alex’s biggest heroes, Tom Brady, commented ‘Proud of you.’

In response, Alex tweeted: ‘Thank you @TomBrady for reaching out. You are a huge role model and someone I look up to not only in football but in life, thank you. my mama would be extremely happy.’ 

‘This whole thing, it just shows that she is with me,’ Brown said. ‘And I’m going to make sure the world knows who Michelle Brown is. And I’ll carry that for the rest of my life,’ he said.

Alex’s fellow players and coach were equally proud and touched by his strength.

‘That was legendary because you have to have true spirit and courage to do something like that,’ Rajahn Cooper, a fellow player, said.

Red Bank Catholic Caseys’ coach Michael Lange said he had never seen anything like Alex’s story throughout his coaching years.

Alex's story has since captivated the nation, with thousands voicing their respect and admiration for the young man

Alex’s story has since captivated the nation, with thousands voicing their respect and admiration for the young man

In life, Michelle did not miss a chance to show how proud she was of Alex and his promising football career, always sharing pictures of his games and many victories

In life, Michelle did not miss a chance to show how proud she was of Alex and his promising football career, always sharing pictures of his games and many victories

'And I will miss you so much but it's okay, because I know that you will always be with me. I love you my phoneix fighter. Until we meet again,' Alex wrote in a tribute to his mom

‘And I will miss you so much but it’s okay, because I know that you will always be with me. I love you my phoneix fighter. Until we meet again,’ Alex wrote in a tribute to his mom 

In life, Michelle did not miss a chance to show how proud she was of Alex and his promising football career, always sharing pictures of his games and many victories.

‘Your dedication and love for this game has been interesting to observe as you have grown into the player you are now. You are unbelievable – stay that way my tiger boy,’ Michelle wrote on Instagram before passing.

After Michelle’s passing on Thursday, Alex also posted a heartfelt tribute to his number one fan.

He wrote: ‘Dear mama, you brought me into this world and made me the happiest boy on earth…And thank you for teaching me, teaching me to be my crazy self, to love music and singing, to always believe in myself, to follow my dreams in football and in life, thank you for being my amazing mother.’

‘And I will miss you so much but it’s okay, because I know that you will always be with me. I love you my phoneix fighter. Until we meet again,’ Alex concluded.

He led the Red Bank Catholic Caseys to playoffs victory, and his team will be attempting to win a state title in honor of his mother.

Alex will play football at Bucknell University next year.



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