Former FSU standout Carlton Brewster lands coaching job

BREWSTER: Ferris State University graduate and former NFL receiver, Carlton Brewster, looks to throw a pass during a wide receiver youth camp. Brewster recently was named head football coach for Godfrey Lee High School. (Courtesy photo)

BREWSTER: Ferris State University graduate and former NFL receiver Carlton Brewster looks to throw a pass during a wide receiver youth camp. Brewster recently was named head football coach for Godfrey Lee High School. (Courtesy photo)

NFL veteran Brewster applying lessons learned in pros to new head coaching job

WYOMING — According to former Ferris State University standout and professional football veteran, Carlton Brewster, athletics is the perfect tool to shape the lives of a younger generation.

Brewster, 32, was recently named head football coach for Godfrey Lee High School in Wyoming, giving him the perfect platform to levy his football experiences to a younger audience.

“Through my time in the NFL, I learned to fight for everything,” Brewster said. “I faced a lot of adversity, so I had to keep fighting. If you don’t have mental toughness or the instincts to get through a challenge, you will struggle through life in general. You become mentally tough through football, gain a work ethic through discipline and gain faith through adversity. Those are the life lessons I try to teach through the game of football.”

A 2001 graduate from Creston High school in Grand Rapids, Brewster attended FSU, where he played football until 2005. As a receiver, he finished as the second all-time leader in career receiving yards (3,184 yards), and also had 25 touchdowns on 243 receptions in 43 games as a Bulldog.

Brewster was a two-time All-Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference honoree in 2004 and 2005, in addition to being named to the Associated Press All-American second team in 2005.

Following his collegiate career, Brewster was signed in 2006 as an undrafted free agent by the Cleveland Browns, the first of five NFL teams he would play for over the course of three years. Brewster spent time with the Browns, Green Bay Packers (2006-07), San Diego Chargers (2007), Denver Broncos (2007-08) and the New Orleans Saints (2008).

TRAINING: Brewster (right) coaches an athlete during a technique drill. (Courtesy photo)

TRAINING: Brewster (right) coaches an athlete during a technique drill. (Courtesy photo)

Brewster departed from the NFL for the Arena Football League in 2008, signing with the now-defunct Grand Rapids Rampage. He left the Rampage in 2009 to play for the Oklahoma City Yard Dawgz, also of the AFL, where he played under another former FSU standout, Sparky McEwen.

After a year-long hiatus, Brewster tried to return to the AFL with the Chicago Rush, but was hampered by an injury.

In 2011, Brewster returned to FSU to finish his undergraduate degree before receiving his masters degree in educational leadership from Grand Valley State University.

“After my playing days ended, I just focused on being around football as much as possible,” said Brewster, who started wrsecrets.com in an attempt to help young football players make the most of their skills. “I started training wide receivers in the Grand Rapids area.”

Brewster said he is determined to help at-risk youth through football, especially because he was in their shoes as a kid.

“That was me once,” he said. “Being an inner-city kid, sports saved me. So, teaching other kids about sports is important because they keep you focused, busy and help you develop skills. I can get through obstacles in my life because of football.”

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