Why Detroit Lions draft pick Amon-Ra St. Brown's family has drawn comparisons to the Balls

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Tyler J. Davis, Detroit Free Press
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Amon-Ra St. Brown was a college football star, can speak multiple languages and already has an endorsement deal with a shoe company.

Now Detroit Lions fans will see if his continual success will translate to Sundays.

St. Brown, a former USC wide receiver, was drafted No. 112 overall by the Lions on Saturday early in the fourth round. If his name looks familiar it's because Lions fans have watched his brother twice a year the past few seasons; Equanimeous St. Brown is a Green Bay Packers wideout, three years Amona-Ra's senior.

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After coming into college as one of the top receiver recruits in the country, Amon-Ra St. Brown finished his Trojan career with 178 catches for 2,270 yards and 16 touchdowns in 30 games.

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Get to know why his family has been compared to the LaMelo Ball and them below:

They're not the Balls but...

You've heard of LaVar Ball, the expressive, entrepreneurial father of NBA lottery picks Lonzo and LaMelo Ball? This is the football version. Kind of? I guess.

Amon-Ra St. Brown's father, John Brown, embraces the comparison, saying it's not necessarily true but he understands it. Like LaVar Ball, Brown raised his three boys in California to be Division I athletes and two of them are playing at the highest professional level. He has also created his own business, Cane Protein, which his sons help him market.

While LaVar Ball was a former DI athlete himself, Brown was a world-class bodybuilder who won Mr. Universe. But he too trained his sons from a young age and instilled vital confidence.

Nov 7, 2020; Los Angeles CA, USA; Southern California Trojans wide receiver Amon-Ra St. Brown (8) makes a catch while defended by Arizona State Sun Devils defensive back DeAndre Pierce (2) in the fourth quarter at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum. USC defeated Arizona State 28-27.  Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports
Nov 7, 2020; Los Angeles CA, USA; Southern California Trojans wide receiver Amon-Ra St. Brown (8) makes a catch while defended by Arizona State Sun Devils defensive back DeAndre Pierce (2) in the fourth quarter at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum. USC defeated Arizona State 28-27. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

And, like the Ball sons, Amon-Ra and his brothers seem to share a special appreciation for their father.

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Why is it Brown and St. Brown?

John Brown didn't want his sons to be basic.

He has told reporters over the years that there are too many "John Browns" — he knew his kids were special and wanted names that reflected it, thus his son's firth names: Osiris, Amon-Ra and Equanimous.

Brown also thought "St. Brown" looked better on a jersey than "Brown," so he adjusted the surnames accordingly.

Former USC wide receiver Amon-Ra St. Brown is known for his strength catching the ball and toughness.
Former USC wide receiver Amon-Ra St. Brown is known for his strength catching the ball and toughness.

An Adidas deal? Already?

Yes, already. That's what being a multilingual superstar recruit, who mostly lived up to the hype, will get you.

It also helps that Adidas is a German-based company, and St. Brown has embraced his German heritage (his father is from California, his mother from Germany) and speaks the language. His mother compared her sons to Dirk Nowitzki.

But don't get it twisted: It's not all personality, this guy can really play.

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