Skyline (Sammamish, Wash.) senior quarterback Max Browne was named the 2012-13 Gatorade National Football Player of the Year today.
Seattle Seahawks rookie quarterback Russell Wilson delivered the news to Browne in a surprise visit to Skyline.
Browne, a 6-foot-5, 218-pound senior quarterback who has committed to USC, led the Spartans to a 14-0 record and a second straight Class 4A state championship this fall. Browne passed for 4,526 yards, 49 touchdowns and just five interceptions.
Browne joins the likes of Hall of Famer Emmitt Smith and future Hall of Famer Peyton Manning as Gatorade National Football Players of the Year.
The Gatorade Player of the Year program recognizes outstanding athletic excellence as well as high standards of academic achievement and exemplary character demonstrated on and off the field. Rated the nation’s No. 1 quarterback prospect by multiple recruiting services, Browne is now a finalist for the Gatorade Male High School Athlete of the Year award.
“If there is a better high school quarterback in the country, I’d like to see him,” said Bothell coach Tom Bainter, whose team lost to Skyline, 33-21, this year. “He is way better than even his stats describe. He plays the game the right way, displaying sportsmanship and humbleness that is both appreciated and admirable.”
A two-time Gatorade State Player of the Year, Browne broke the state record for career passing yards (12,953) and completions (882) during his senior campaign. He surpassed Detroit Lions quarterback and 2006-07 Gatorade Washington Player of the Year Kellen Moore for the completions mark.
“He is one of the best talents I’ve ever seen,” said former New Orleans Saints linebacker Scott Pelluer, whose son plays for Skyline. "He has that knack. That feel. Plus, he's such a wonderful kid and great leader. No ego. And so competitive. He’ll play in the NFL someday.”
Browne has maintained a 3.50 GPA. A three-time Skyline High Student of the Month Citizenship Award recipient, he has volunteered on behalf of Issaquah Parks and Recreation, the Sammamish/Issaquah Young Life ministry and as an intern with G2 Physical Therapy. He has also worked with Generation Joy and helped raise funds to benefit cancer research.
Browne will graduate early to begin attending classes at USC during the upcoming spring semester.