TIGER KICKOFF: Who was Brock Christopher before he was a Tiger?

Friday, October 24, 2008 | 6:00 a.m. CDT

COLUMBIA — Senior linebacker Brock Christopher is mostly the quiet type. But those who have known him since before he was a Tiger know the man of few words still likes to laugh.

"He's not really that quiet stone-faced guy that the papers always say," Brock's younger brother, Blake Christopher, said. "He's a goofy guy and fun to be around."

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Tigers wide receiver Tommy Saunders, who played football with the Christophers at Kearney High School, called Brock, "a ‘Dumb and Dumber' type of guy." Saunders said part of Christopher's slapstick style involved purposely walking into doors just for laughs.

Blake Christopher said his brother, two years older than him, is always one to lighten the mood. He remembers Brock coming up with rhyming names for his teammates in the locker room before Kearney played in the state basketball championship in 2004.

"It was just dumb stuff that wouldn't get a laugh out of it now, but we were having a great time in there," he said. The team won the title.

Kearney coach Mark Thomas said he mostly saw the serious side of the star linebacker who also played tailback.

"He didn't say a lot," Thomas said. "But he spoke volumes on the football field."

Christopher led the team in tackles all four years of high school. He also earned honors as part of the varsity baseball and basketball teams.

The only time Thomas saw Christopher lose his cool came in a game senior year when an opposing player tackled Blake and took some shots at him after the hit. Brock grabbed the player and threw him off his younger brother, earning a personal foul.

"I remember I asked who got the foul," Thomas said. "The referee said No. 34, and I said, ‘What? You got to be kidding me. That guy has never been upset a day in his life.'"

Kevin Kooi, one of Christopher's coaches at Kearney and sixth grade teacher, said Christopher led by example. His level of preparation for a game or a test stood out.

"He was always well prepared," Kooi said. "He's very smart, very thorough. That always impressed me."

Kooi is also impressed Christopher is living his dream. He remembers Christopher as a longtime fan, wearing Tigers gear and giving teacher gifts in Missouri bags.

"In elementary school, he kept telling me, ‘I'm going to play for the University of Missouri,'" Kooi said. "I dismissed it as a kid wanting to play for the university like so many other kids did.

"Lo and behold, he gets offered a scholarship his senior year."


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