Evesham's mayor, Baltimore Ravens' kicking consultant, sees a busy Sunday night

Baltimore Ravens kicking consultant Randy Brown (center), also part-time mayor of Evesham, waits for the ball at a drill. Coach John Harbaugh is at right.
Baltimore Ravens kicking consultant Randy Brown (center), also part-time mayor of Evesham, waits for the ball at a drill. Coach John Harbaugh is at right. (ELIZABETH ROBERTSON / Staff Photographer)
Posted: February 01, 2013

Evesham Township, don't try to call your mayor Sunday night.

Randy Brown will be at the New Orleans Superdome, pacing the sidelines, barking instructions, and holding his breath each time a field-goal attempt tumbles toward the uprights during what he calls "the greatest game in sports."

The Super Bowl.

"It's something you dream about as a kid," Brown, a kicking consultant for the Baltimore Ravens, said from New Orleans. He arrived Tuesday with the rest of the team.

The Ravens will play the San Francisco 49ers for the right to wear the NFL's diamond-studded championship ring. The win would also mean a lifetime of bragging rights for Evesham's famously exuberant, camera-mugging, part-time mayor, who lately has begun to joke (maybe) about running for governor in 2017.

"I'm a Republican with some name ID in New Jersey," he has said.

Down in the Crescent City, His Honor is still pinching himself.

"I keep saying to Trish," his wife, " 'This is so surreal, the world championship,' " he marveled Tuesday.

An all-state kicker for Cherokee High School in the 1980s, Brown made all-American at Catawba College in North Carolina but never landed a placekicker job in the NFL.

So he did the closest thing. He coached college and university punters and place kickers, then graduated to the NFL's Chicago Bears and the Eagles before joining the Ravens five years ago.

"It's a crazy, crazy story," said Brown, laughing.

It was summer 2008, and he had just been invited by the 49ers to become their kicking coach. Hours before boarding a plane for San Francisco, he got a call from John Harbaugh, the Ravens' new head coach.

"I need you to come down," said Harbaugh, who had been special-teams and defensive coach for the Eagles.

Brown said yes, and that Monday found himself working in Baltimore.

This weekend he not only faces San Francisco but former Eagles placekicker David Akers, whom he coached during practices in Philadelphia and who now plays for the 49ers.

The 38-year-old Akers, whose 69 percent field-goal completion record this season is the worst of his career, will square off against Brown's star pupil: 23-year-old rookie kicker Justin Tucker, whose completion record this season is 91 percent.

Akers, who lives a town away in Medford, is a "class guy" and a good friend.

"But we're bred to win," said Brown, 45. "It doesn't matter who's in the helmet on the other side."

"My friends say if we win, they'll need a crane to get my head inside town hall," he said.

Brown wouldn't order up a townwide celebration. "But I could see a Ravens float in this year's Fourth of July parade."


Contact David O'Reilly at 856-779-3841 or doreilly@phillynews.com, or follow on Twitter @doreillyinq.

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