Skyline (Sammamish, Wash.) senior quarterback Max Browne has had a phenomenal high school football season, and it just got a bit better. He was recently surprised at Skyline by Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson with the news that he had been named the Gatorade High School Football Player of the Year.
“Talk about having to pinch yourself,” Browne said. “This was a complete surprise. I knew this award was still out there, but there are obviously some great players out there, too. I’m very fortunate because I was in some big-time company competing for this.”
You can find the link to the video of Wilson surprising Browne with the award on my Rant Sports facebook page here
The Gatorade Player of the Year program recognizes outstanding athletic excellence as well as high standards of academic achievement and exemplary character demonstrated on and off the field. Browne is the no. 1 ranked quarterback prospect in his class and he will now be one of the finalists for Gatorade Male High School Athlete of the Year.
Browne has committed to USC and led his Spartans to a 14-0 record and a second straight Class 4A state championship this fall. Browne passed for 4,526 yards, 49 touchdowns and just five interceptions.
“This is a very prestigious award and Max is a very deserving winner,” Wilson said. “Gatorade found a great human being and great football player here. I’m just glad I could be here to share the moment with him.”
Browne is graduating early in order to begin attending classes at USC during the spring semester. Best of luck to the young quarterback and we all look forward to seeing what he can do as he switches teams from his high school Spartans to the USC Trojans.