The Washington Times - August 7, 2008, 05:53PM

Give Maryland fullback Haroon Brown this: His choice of headgear is certainly stylistic.

During camp, he’s been sporting a black hat with the letters “V-A.” The back includes the state of Virginia with a star for Richmond. And, there’s a personal touch —- the No. 30 on the side.


“I got my number switched,” said Brown, who had No. 47 as a freshman. “In high school I wore 32 and couldn’t get it, so I got No. 30.”

Maybe the best part of all the inside of the brim. It’s a highway map of southern Virginia, which includes the Tidewater region.

“It’s my area code, the 757,” Brown said proudly. “That’s the whole 757.”

That’s a pretty sweet deal. You get to show some regional pride and render a paper map obsolete at the same time.

Sure, Al Gore would be pleased. But an even better thing is that it makes Brown —- already a distinctive 5-foot-10, 257 pounds —- even more recognizable to fans when he marches down Terrapin Alley.

“It’s my favorite hat,” Brown said. “I encourage everybody to get a hat from where you’re from and put your number on the side for game day.”

(Special thanks to Turtle Sports Report’s Seth Hoffman for bailing my technologically primitive self out with these photos)

Haroon's hat---front

Haroon's hat---back Haroon's hat---inside

—- Patrick Stevens