|Running back Michael Brown put his name in the Southwest record book in just the fourth year of that program’s existence. Brown, who was a three-year starter for Southwest became the first Patriots running back to rush for more than 1,000 yards in a season. He rushed for 1,152 yards while leading the 1973 team of head coach Jimmy Hammond to an 8-2 record, the first of just four eight-win seasons in the history of Southwest. Brown scored 12 touchdowns that season when the Patriots averaged 26.6 point per game. His best high school game came against Glenn Hills of Augusta when he rushed for 225 yards and scored two touchdowns in a 26-8 victory.
After his illustrious high school career, Brown accepted a football scholarship to Purdue University, where he was a three-year letterwinner for the Boilermakers. In his sophomore season, he averaged 5.9 yards per carry in limited action and then as a senior starting tailback, he carried the ball 77 times for 377 yards for an average of 4.1 yards per carry, and he scored two touchdowns. Both touchdowns came against Wake Forest as the Boilermakers beat the Demon Deacon 26-17. He also caught three passes for 17 yards during the season. He suffered a knee injury midway through his junior season and missed the second half of that campaign. After completing his degree at Purdue, he returned to Macon and worked with the recreation department for almost 25 years.