Former Sweetwater standout takes home Super Bowl ring

Former Sweetwater standout takes home Super Bowl ring

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Wide Receivers Coach Kippy Brown played high school football at Sweetwater High School and served as coach for the Vols a few times as well. Wide Receivers Coach Kippy Brown played high school football at Sweetwater High School and served as coach for the Vols a few times as well.

KNOXVILLE (WATE) - A lot of East Tennesseans watching the Super Bowl on Sunday night were probably focused on Peyton Manning, but there was also a strong connection with the Seattle Seahawks.

Wide Receivers Coach Kippy Brown played high school football at Sweetwater High School and served as coach for the Vols a few times as well.

Kippy's brother Sam lives in East Tennessee, and as you might imagine, is very proud of his big brother.

"He's been coaching for 30 plus years," Sam said. "And being a kid from Sweetwater, Tennessee and all the successes he had, this is the pinnacle of his career."

Sam works as a detective for the Knoxville Police Department. He also coaches football at Knoxville Catholic High School.

"I'm a Peyton Manning supporter. I'm a big Peyton supporter, but naturally, I was for Kippy last night. And the whole house kind of was. We were cheering for Kippy to get a Super Bowl win," Sam said.

But even they weren't sure of a Seahawks win at first.

"You know, immediately after that second quarter, after Percy Harvin returned that kickoff, it was more or less over. It was a dominating performance by Seattle," Sam said.

Kippy Brown started his football career at Sweetwater High School in the 1970s.

He also coached for UT under Johnny Majors in the 1980s, before returning again in the 1990's under Phillip Fulmer.

In fact, he even spent some time coaching a young Peyton Manning.

"They know each other real well, him and Peyton. They know each other very well," Sam said.

Kippy came back once more to coach at UT in 2009. Following Lane Kiffin's departure he was named interim head coach. He eventually left for the Seahawks when Derek Dooley was given the head coaching job.

"I'm proud of him, I'm proud of him. I'm the baby brother, he's my big brother. So I look up to him a little bit. I'm proud to say he's my older brother," Sam said.

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