"Michael was a great leader for defenders in general and everyone around here," Brown said.
"The way he went about it and the way he went through his career – hard at it, helping out his teammates; I admire him a lot.
"The career he had was amazing, so to play anywhere close to the level he did would be exceptional for me."
Brown also says playing under former Crow Nathan Bassett for Norwood in the SANFL was greatly beneficial to his development as a defender.
"In my first year at Norwood (2011), Nathan gave me the confidence to play my way and run with the ball and do what I can," Brown said.
"That was probably why I had a such a good year and got drafted – the confidence to play week in week out with the Redlegs.
"I was in a bit of contact with him (Bassett) throughout last year just trying to figure out how to take the next step and he was really helpful."