Former Brownwood High School football stars Jaxon Shipley and Graylon Brown conducted a football camp for local middle and high school students on the BHS practice fields Wednesday afternoon.
The former Lions standouts played wide receiver and quarterback, respectively, on the dominant 2010 Brownwood offense that reached the Class 3A Division II state semifinals. The players focused on skill-position play during the three-hour camp.
Before the session began, Brown and Shipley spoke to the Bulletin about their lives today. Brown currently resides in San Angelo, where he graduated from Angelo State in 2016 after a dominant four-year run with the ASU baseball team. Brown became the Rams’ all-time saves leader and twice helped them to the Division II College World Series.
Today, he works in sales for a chemical company and gives baseball lessons while working on a Master’s degree at ASU.
“I’m getting my Master’s degree in curriculum and instruction so I can be an [athletics director] or something like that one day,” Brown said. “And I do my baseball lessons, pitching lessons, with West Texas Elite.”
Shipley, meanwhile, has started his own football training program in Austin called Shipley Performance. Shipley recently teamed up with workout and supplement company Onnit to work with their sports performance academy.
“It allows me to do what I had been doing, but with more resources,” Shipley said. “Going out to different high schools and working with their skill players, especially quarterbacks and receivers. I also do lots of one-on-one and small-group training.”
Shipley, of course, went on from Brownwood High to star for the Texas Longhorns and became one of UT’s all-time leading receivers. He founded Shipley Performance after a year with the Arizona Cardinals organization.
Shipley said he’s excited to watch Longhorns football under new head coach Tom Herman. “There’s something special right now,” he said. “There’s a buzz down there in Austin. It’s one of those things where you can’t say the exact outcome until you see the wins and losses, but everything is pointing in the right direction right now.”
Both players said they were thankful for the opportunity to teach young Brownwood players. Brown reflected on the triumphs and adversities he experienced with Shipley during his Lions football days. “You just think back on how much fun we had,” he said. “It was a great time. At the time we didn’t know it — there were a lot of hard times. My junior year we didn’t play together because we were both hurt. But the connection came quick our senior year, and we had some great crowds and a fun ride.”
“This is actually the first time I’ve been able to come back and work with guys,” Shipley said. “I think it’s kind of a special deal. When I’m out here, I can’t help but remember being here with the pads on and running around with the guys. It’s special for me and I know for Graylon as well. It brings back some special memories.
“I’m thankful to be here right now, and thankful to be doing what I love. And I wish the Brownwood Lions the best of success. I think it’s going to be a good year.”