The high school career of Louisville Trinity High's Brian Brohm. As the Nov. 18, 2002, cover boy for SI's nationwide look at the state of high school sports, Brohm, then a junior, represented a dying breed: the schoolboy three-sport athlete. He played the last of his 164 games in a Shamrocks uniform last Friday, when Trinity's baseball team lost in the state semifinals. "To have the chance to play for three state championships in three different sports," he said afterward, "I couldn't ask for anything more than that."
In an era of increased specialization in high school athletics, Brohm was the rare Renaissance jock who starred in every sport he played. As a rightfielder, he hit .400 and was picked by the Rockies in the 49th round of last week's draft. He averaged 9.6 points and 6.0 rebounds as a forward on the first basketball team in his school's 51-year history to advance to the state's sweet 16 playoffs. And he quarterbacked the Shamrocks to three consecutive 4-A titles, winning the championship game MVP each time. He threw for 10,579 yards and 119 touchdowns with just 14 interceptions, numbers noticed by virtually every big-time Division 1-A program in the country. Still, Brohm surprised almost no one when he signed in January with Louisville, where his brother Jeff is the quarterbacks coach.
Brohm, who will stick to football in college, carried a 3.7 GPA and honed his penmanship on the hundreds of SI covers he's signed since his appearance. "I still see a couple almost every week," he says. Perhaps what's most impressive is Brohm's refusal to believe his own hype. "Being on the cover of SI made me more noticed," he says, "but it didn't affect the way I did anything. I still tried to play the same way." Which is to say, frequently and well.