Brian Tyms
No. 18, 82, 84, 85
Position:Wide receiver
Personal information
Born: (1989-02-21) February 21, 1989 (age 33)
Seattle, Washington
Height:6 ft 3 in (1.91 m)
Weight:207 lb (94 kg)
Career information
High school:Ft. Lauderdale (FL) Dillard
College:Florida A&M
Career history
 * Offseason and/or practice squad member only
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics
Receiving yards:94
Receiving touchdowns:1
Player stats at ·

Brian Edward Tyms (born February 21, 1989) is a former American football wide receiver. He played college football at Florida A&M. He signed with the San Francisco 49ers as undrafted free agent in 2012. He has also been a member of the Miami Dolphins, Cleveland Browns, New England Patriots, Indianapolis Colts, Hamilton Tiger-Cats, Toronto Argonauts, Orlando Apollos, and Salt Lake Stallions.

College career

Tyms played college football at Florida A&M University for the Rattlers.[1]

Professional career

San Francisco 49ers

Tyms went undrafted in the 2012 NFL Draft.[2] During the 2012 preseason, Tyms was on the practice squad for the San Francisco 49ers.[3]

Miami Dolphins

In September 2012, Tyms signed with the Miami Dolphins off the 49ers' practice squad.[4] With the Dolphins, Tyms traveled to New England during the final week of the 2012 regular season.[5]

Cleveland Browns

On October 22, 2013, Tyms signed with the Browns. After spending time on the practice squad, Tyms was elevated to the active roster on December 4, 2013, after defensive end Desmond Bryant was placed on the non-football illness list.[6]

New England Patriots

On July 27, 2014, Tyms signed with the New England Patriots. On August 7, in a preseason game against the Washington Redskins, Tyms scored his first touchdown as a Patriot. Additionally, he caught 5 passes for 119 yards. After the preseason, Tyms was informed he would be on the 53-man roster following his suspension in April for violating the league's substance abuse policy.[7] Tyms was activated to the 53-man roster on October 6, 2014. Tyms scored his first NFL touchdown on October 12 on a 43-yard pass from Tom Brady.[8] Prior to the touchdown, Tyms had two career NFL receptions for 12 yards. Although he was inactive Tyms earned a Super Bowl ring as the Patriots defeated the Seattle Seahawks 28-24 in Super Bowl XLIX.

Tyms was placed on the Patriots' injured reserve on August 25, 2015 and the Patriots did not tender him a contract at the conclusion of the league year.[9]

Indianapolis Colts

On April 7, 2016, Tyms signed with the Indianapolis Colts.[10]

Hamilton Tiger-Cats

On October 24, 2016, Tyms was signed to the Hamilton Tiger-Cats' practice roster.[11] Tyms played in the final game of the regular season and the Tiger-Cats' lone playoff game. In his one regular season game he caught 4 passes for 33 yards with 1 touchdown. He had a breakout performance in the Eastern Division Semi Final against the Eskimos, catching a game high 8 passes for 114 yards. Nevertheless, the Tiger-Cats were defeated 24-21, thus ending their 2016 season.[12] The following year, Tyms played 8 games and hauled in 25 passes for 204 yards. He was released in September 2017.

Toronto Argonauts

On September 14, 2017, Tyms was signed to the Toronto Argonauts practice roster. The Argos went on to win the 105th Grey Cup championship game, making Tyms a rare player who has won both a Super Bowl and a Grey Cup. He signed an extension, but was released by the team on July 2, 2018 following two games, in which he made 7 catches for 55 yards.

Orlando Apollos

Tyms was announced as having joined the Orlando Apollos of the Alliance of American Football in 2018.[13] He was released at the conclusion of training camp.

Salt Lake Stallions

On February 19, 2019, Tyms signed with the Salt Lake Stallions. In the six games Tyms played in prior to the league suspending operations, he caught 11 passes for 82 yards.[14] The league ceased operations in April 2019.[15]

Personal life

Tyms was born in Kent, Washington, he was raised as a foster child, growing up in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.[16][17]


  1. ^ "Brian Tyms Bio". FAMU Athletics. Retrieved January 3, 2013.
  2. ^ Most, Jacob (August 17, 2012). "Undrafted Receivers Seek to Shine". Archived from the original on August 20, 2012. Retrieved January 3, 2013.
  3. ^ Branch, Eric (August 16, 2012). "Raw rookie WR Tyms learning from legend". Niner Insider Blog. SF Gate. Retrieved January 3, 2013.
  4. ^ Fialkov, Harvey (September 10, 2012). "Miami Dolphins sign ex-Dillard WR Brian Tyms to practice squad". Sun Sentinel. Retrieved January 3, 2013.
  5. ^ Nelson, Chris J. (December 30, 2012). "Brian Tyms could earn promotion to active roster Sunday". The Miami Dolphins Spotlight. Blogspot. Retrieved January 3, 2013.
  6. ^ "Browns: The #Browns have placed DL Desmond Bryant on non-football illness list & promoted WR Brian Tyms to active roster". Twitter. December 4, 2013. Retrieved October 13, 2014.
  7. ^ Howe, Jeff (August 30, 2014). "Sources: Ryan Mallett, Brian Tyms will stick, Josh Boyce, Jon Halapio, Jake Bequette among Pats' cuts". Boston Herald. Retrieved October 13, 2014.
  8. ^ Reiss, Mike (October 12, 2014). "Brian Tyms makes most of opportunity with long TD catch". ESPN. Retrieved October 13, 2014.
  9. ^ "RFA Patriots WR Brian Tyms tweets good bye".
  10. ^ "Colts sign receivers Josh Boyce and Brian Tyms". 7 April 2016.
  11. ^ "Tiger-Cats Add Wide Receiver Tyms and Defensive End McCord to Practice Roster".
  12. ^ "2016-11-13 - Edmonton Eskimos vs. Hamilton Tiger-Cats (2357) -". Retrieved 2016-11-14.
  13. ^ Thomas, Oliver (December 2018). "Searching for former Patriots on Alliance of American Football rosters". Pats Pulpit. Retrieved 3 December 2018.
  14. ^ "Brian Tyms".
  15. ^ Michael Rothstein, Seth Wickersham (June 13, 2019). "Inside the short, unhappy life of the Alliance of American Football". Retrieved September 12, 2019.
  16. ^ Kelly, Omar (October 16, 2012). "Dolphins' Brian Tyms grew up hard and fast". Sun Sentinel. Retrieved January 3, 2013.
  17. ^ Volin, Ben (August 11, 2014). "Long shot Brian Tyms may catch on with Patriots". Boston Globe. Retrieved October 13, 2014.