Two Decembers ago Willie and Annie received a phone call. Their presence was requested immediately at the local steak joint. "We didn't know what was up," says Willie. "But when we walked in the door, there were all these folks from town—white and black—my boss from the city, the bank president, all kinds of people. Well, they'd gotten us an all-expenses-paid trip to the Fiesta Bowl to see Jerome play his last football game in college. I had to shed some tears."
It was Brooksville's way of showing support for its famous football-playing citizen. And on the day the KKK came to town, Brown was there for Brooksville.