The trip helped Addae select Central Michigan as his school. The pair then became teammates for the Chippewas and played two seasons together before Brown entered the NFL in 2010 as a sixth-round selection for the Pittsburgh Steelers.
Addae, now a safety for the San Diego Chargers, will face Brown for the first time in the NFL when the Pittsburgh Steelers take on the Chargers at Qualcomm Stadium on “Monday Night Football.”
“That’s my boy,” Addae said. “But on Monday, we’re enemies.”
Considered one of the best receivers in the game, at 5-foot-10, 180 pounds, Brown led the NFL with 129 receptions, 1,698 yards and 13 touchdowns in 2014.
Entering Week 5, Brown was tied for the league lead in receiving yards, with 474 on 34 receptions and two scores.
Addae said that back at Central Michigan, he knew Brown would blossom into an explosive playmaker.
“Everyone at Central Michigan knew it,” Addaei said. “I knew his work ethic. I’ve seen him day in, day out. And I’ve seen what he does off of the field. He loves the game. He’s passionate about it, and he wants to be the best.
“So he’s going to put his best foot forward on Monday, knowing him. But we’re ready to rock.”
Addae said he faced Brown plenty of times in practice at Central Michigan and won his share of one-on-one battles. So what kind of advice has Addae provided his teammates on how to stop Brown?
“I try to give them pointers,” Addae said. “But they’re professionals as well. They will get the job done. They are more than capable, so they’ll be ready. We’ll be fine.”
After suffering a high-ankle sprain in Week 1 against the Detroit Lions, Addae is hoping he can be on the field and contribute Monday. Addae missed the past three games but practiced all week and is questionable for Monday’s game.
Addae said he wants to make sure he’s fully healthy.
“It’s important,” Addae said. “You don’t want to go out there, tiptoe around and be hesitant. You want to go out there clicking on all cylinders with the guys in the back end.”