Oncor Lineworker Competes in “American Ninja Warrior”
August 2018

Each year, America’s electric companies work to promote healthy lifestyles and a healthy workforce. This year, Oncor lineworker Erik Brown showed off his diverse talents by competing on the hit television show “American Ninja Warrior,” as it kicked off its 10th season with qualifiers in Dallas.

Brown began his training in 2016 on a quest to become a national finalist and to be named an “American Ninja Warrior” after being mistaken for Geoff Britten, one of only two competitors to earn the top title and achieve “total victory.”

Brown said, “I thought, why not try it?” 

Last year, Brown applied for Season 9 of the show, but was not accepted. In March, he tried out again when the show returned for filming. This time, he made it through the increasingly difficult obstacle course.   

Brown—who began his career at Oncor as a meter reader 14 years ago—says years of climbing poles came in handy during the competition. He also trained in Houston and eventually built his own obstacle course in the garage of his house. Hours of specialized training and the support of his family, friends, and co-workers prepared him for the challenging course in Dallas.

“Oncor has always supported efforts to help push for a healthy workforce,” said Nolan Smith, Manager of Distribution Operations. “Erik is proving that to us all with his efforts.”

Overall, Brown placed 24th out of 120 contestants and will advance to the finals for the Dallas City Qualifiers. He will need to place within the top 15 out of 30 competitors to advance to the season finals in Las Vegas. 

“We are all really proud of Erik’s accomplishments,” said Howard Daniel, operations supervisor for the Lufkin Service Center. “He’s a hard worker, and that same determination he showed in his entry video is what he brings to our team here every day.”

Although this season isn’t over yet, Brown intends to compete on the show again next year.