Athlete of the Week: Zach Brown

Football’s strong-legged kicker earns top conference honors twice this season.

Daily Vanguard: Why did you come to Portland State?
Zach Brown:
I wanted to stay in Oregon. I didn’t want to be out of state, away from my family. I decided to come to Portland State because they offered me a full scholarship.

DV: What is your best moment on the field?
It was in England [playing soccer], and we were playing against the Chelsea Youth Team in the finals in one of the biggest tournaments in Europe, and I scored the first goal of the game.

DV: If you could change one of your sport’s rules, what would it be?
It would be being able to taunt and celebrate. Not really taunt, but to be able to show more emotion after a big play. I know a lot of people don’t try to make fun of or taunt the other team. They just get real excited and try to get their teammates excited.

DV: What is your greatest strength?
Personally? Not stressing.

DV: Which is your favorite place to eat around campus?
I don’t go out to eat. I cook dinner every night.

DV: What is the last thing you cooked?
Steak and shrimp. I like my steak rare, medium-rare.

DV: If you could have dinner with any three people—alive, dead or fictional—who would they be?
I’m not the kind of person to look up to a celebrity. I would want my mom, my grandma and grandpa, and…oh, that’s three right? [laughs]

DV: What is the first item you would buy if you won the lottery?
I would probably—no, definitely buy my mom a house away from all of her problems.

DV: If you could attend one sporting event anywhere, what would it be?
It would probably be the soccer World Cup. That would be the most exciting just because they’re so into the game.

DV: What has been your favorite class at Portland State?
Stress management [laughs]. It was very easy.

DV: What is on your iPod right now?
Country, rock, rap—I listen to everything. If it’s a sad day, I’ll probably listen to, maybe, George Strait. If it’s a good day, I’ll probably listen to [whips out his iPhone to look] Jack Johnson. Any song, doesn’t matter.