SAMMAMISH, Wash. -- It's been quite a year for Skyline High quarterback Max Browne. The five-star Rivals.com recruit threw for 4,526 yards, 49 touchdowns, and just five interceptions in a high-flying offense. He led the Spartans to the Class4A state championship, and committed to USC. He's done all this while maintaining a 3.5 GPA and donating his time to community endeavors. For all of those things, Browne received the Gatorade Player of the Year award at Skyline's auditorium on Tuesday, though he had no idea it was going to happen until just before the ceremony started.
Moreover, Browne, who thought that the interruption to his class schedule was happening so that he could speak on behalf of a teammate who was also trying to bag a college invite, didn't see this coming -- Seattle Seahawks rookie quarterback Russell Wilson was on hand to speak with and about him, and helped present the award. Browne's teammates and friends packed the auditorium during the surprise assembly, as did his proud and beaming parents, Mike and Cheryl.