Another year removed from his playing career, Ruben Brown is even more amazed at the fan support he receives in Chicago.
That's why he called it a no brainer to continue his charitable motorcycle run for a fourth year. Ruben Brown's Motorcycle Run to benefit the Salvation Army will be held May 31. It's one of three he is holding this year with similar events planned in Buffalo and his hometown of Lynchburg, Va. All of the details can be found here at rubensrun.com.
The event will begin at 9 a.m. at Woodstock Harley Davidson and the last bike out will be at 11:30 a.m. The festivities will conclude at Sideouts in Island Lake with appearances by current and former players and music by Wayne Baker Brooks. Gates open at 1 p.m. at Sideouts.
"I'm still totally surprised at the support I get in Chicago,'' Brown said Tuesday morning. "The fans and people have always been so warm to me and this is really important to me to keep this going because the Salvation Army has had to make cutbacks and there are programs they have that are really good for the kids. That's what this is about. There is a stay-fit program, Keep It Fit, and that's right up my alley. I want to try to push that to all the kids.''
Brown still resides in the Buffalo area, not far from the Bills' facility in Orchard Park, N.Y. He co-hosts on three radio and television shows including the "Enforcers" with former Buffalo Sabres tough guy Rob Ray. Brown replaced another former Sabre, Matthew Barnaby.
"How about that?'' Brown said. "Chicago is in the Western Conference finals and they're being led by a Buffalo kid, Patrick Kane. I'm rooting for the Blackhawks but my hockey knowledge is pretty limited. It's growing every week though. I toss Rob the hockey questions and he throws me the football questions. We have a good time.''