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.”