Brown, Brock, Shockley talk football at Tailgate for a Cause

Former UGA standouts Josh Brock and D.J. Shockley, from left, as well as former Auburn running back and NFL Pro Bowler Ronnie Brown discuss the upcoming high school, college and NFL football seasons at the Clarence Brown Conference Center Tuesday as part of Tailgating for a Cause, a benefit for the Etowah Scholarship Foundation.

In 1999, a then-sophomore Josh Brock was one of the main players responsible for blocking for his Cartersville teammate Ronnie Brown on a team that captured the Class 2A state title. In 2017, the two, along with former Georgia quarterback D.J. Shockley, reconvened at the Etowah Scholarship Foundation’s Tailgate for a Cause, which provides aid for students and adults alike in collegiate education.

Skyler Richmond, a graduating senior from Woodland High School, spoke at the event as a scholarship recipient. She’s headed to Georgia Highlands in the Fall.

Brown, an Auburn Tiger and 10-year NFL veteran, along with Shockley and Brock — both former Georgia Bulldogs — got together to preview the upcoming college football season and support the cause.

“I grew up here, a lot of the things that are instilled in me come from a lot of people around here,” Brown said.

The three covered a myriad of topics, from the ACC vs. SEC, Georgia and Georgia Tech’s chances this year — they think both will be strong — to the prospects of Cartersville football this season.

“It’s going to be fun to watch [Cartersville],” Brock said. I don’t know who is going to get in their way other than themselves.”

The event was billed as the “official start of football season,” with a silent auction fundraiser and a question and answer from the crowd to the panel. Among the items auctioned were a Hank Aaron signed bat, a Georgia football fireplace from Ace Hardware and Vic Beasley signed memorabilia.

This is the 35th anniversary of the Etowah Scholarship Foundation, and this event is put on every year as a fundraiser and a mock-pregame preview show.

“For me to be able to come back here in this capacity, it means a lot,” Brown said. “My heart’s here, and anytime I can come here and give back and be a part of something positive, it means a lot to me. Cartersville’s one of the better communities I’ve been a part of.”

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