There’s no place Mike Brown would rather be.
In the middle of the July dead period of the NFL cycle, the rest of the league enjoys views off Pebble Beach or panoramas off the Irish Coast.
Mike prefers his corner office overlooking the Ohio River at Paul Brown Stadium. Relaxation means lifting his feet up on the desk, propped under a green square of old field turf.
It was suggested by a former staff member that of the 365 days a year, for all but about five of them the thing Mike would most like to do is drive to the stadium and monitor his team.
“If there is five I’m surprised the number is that high,” Mike’s son, Paul, said with a chuckle.
President and owner still sit in front of Mike’s name, though he admits the title is just that and little else these days. The vast majority of day-to-day operations aren’t on his radar anymore. They fall to daughter and Executive Vice President Katie Blackburn, her husband, Vice President Troy Blackburn, along with Paul, Vice President of Player Personnel. Mike’s brother Pete is still Executive VP of Player Personnel.
Less responsibility doesn’t mean less activity.
“Every day I sit in this chair and I don’t have to have an agenda,” Mike says, then pointing to the hallway, “it just walks through the door.”
Over the last 50 years, the evolution of the Bengals franchise kept walking through the door. Some days a contract dispute. Others a roster decision. For too long a stadium issue.
As every development piles into a historical blur of wins, losses and infinite practices observed from the seat of a golf cart, one memory still pierces through clearer than…
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