Dave Brown
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Brown at Michigan, c. 1974
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Position:Cornerback
Personal information
Born:(1953-01-16)January 16, 1953
Akron, Ohio, US
Died:January 10, 2006(2006-01-10) (aged 52)
Lubbock, Texas, US
Height:6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)
Weight:190 lb (86 kg)
Career information
High school:Akron (OH) Garfield
College:Michigan
NFL Draft:1975 / Round: 1 / Pick: 26
Career history
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics
Interceptions:62
Interception yards:698
Touchdowns:5
Player stats at NFL.com

David Steven Brown (January 16, 1953 – January 10, 2006) was an American football player and coach.

Brown played 15 seasons in the National Football League (NFL) at the cornerback position for the Pittsburgh Steelers (1975), Seattle Seahawks (19761986), and Green Bay Packers (19871989).

He was selected as a second-team All-NFL player in 1984 and a second-team All-AFC player in 1985. His 62 career interceptions ranks tied for tenth in NFL history, and his 50 interceptions with the Seahawks remains a club record.

Brown also played college football as a safety and punt returner for the University of Michigan from 1972 to 1974. While playing for Michigan, compiled 526 punt return yards (11.7 yards per return), three punt returns for touchdowns, 174 tackles, nine interceptions, 202 interception return yards, and 15 pass breakups. He was selected as a consensus first-team defensive back on the 1973 College Football All-America Team and a unanimous first-team pick in 1974. He was posthumously inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame in 2007.

In his later years, Brown pursued a career in coaching. He was the defensive backs coach for the Seattle Seahawks from 1992 to 1998 and for the Texas Tech Red Raiders football team from 2001 until his death in January 2006.

Early years

Brown was born in Akron, Ohio, in 1953.[1] His father, Asa Brown, was a skilled rubber worker at a Goodyear tire plant in Akron.[2] Brown played football at Garfield High School in Akron, and graduated in 1971; he began as a quarterback, then played wide receiver and defensive back.[3]

University of Michigan

Brown enrolled at the University of Michigan in 1971 and played college football as a safety and punt returner for head coach Bo Schembechler's Wolverines from 1972 to 1974.[4] Recruited to Michigan as a wide receiver,[3] Brown played on both offense and defense on the freshman team in 1971.[5]

As a sophomore in 1972, Brown started all eleven games at safety. Michigan compiled a 10–1 record and allowed opponents to score only 57 points (5.2 points per game).[6] Brown had three interceptions in 1972, including two interceptions in one game against Minnesota for 82 return yards.[7] He also contributed 11 punt returns for 189 yards (including an 83-yard return for touchdown against Navy), 73 tackles, eight pass breakups and two fumble recoveries,[7] and was first-team All Big Ten.[8] Until the 1975 season, the Big Ten allowed just one bowl team, the representative in the Rose Bowl. Michigan was ranked sixth in both final polls.

As a junior in 1973, Brown again started all eleven games at safety; Michigan compiled an undefeated 10–0–1 record and allowed opponents to score only 68 points (6.2 points per games).[9] Brown also returned 14 punts for 125 yards (8.9 yards per return), including a 53-yard return for touchdown against Michigan State. He also contributed 55 tackles and two interceptions,[7] and was a consensus All-American.[10] Michigan was again ranked sixth in both final polls.

As a senior in 1974, Brown again started all eleven games at safety. Michigan compiled a 10–1 record and was ranked third in the final AP Poll, and allowed opponents to score only 75 points (6.8 points per game).[11] Brown also returned 20 punts for 212 yards (10.6 yards per return), including an 88-yard return for a touchdown against Colorado. He also contributed 46 tackles, four pass breakups and four interceptions,[7] and was a unanimous All-American.[10]

In three years at Michigan, Brown compiled 526 punt return yards (11.7 yards per return), three punt returns for touchdowns, 174 tackles, nine interceptions, 202 interception return yards, and 15 pass breakups.[7] During those three years, Michigan compiled a 30–2–1 (.924) record,[12] tied for the Big Ten championship each year, led the country in scoring defense twice (and finished second the other year), tallied 11 shutouts and gave up more than 10 points only five times.[5] Brown was posthumously inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame in 2007.[5]

NFL career

Pittsburgh Steelers

Brown was selected in the first round of the 1975 NFL Draft by the defending Super Bowl champion Pittsburgh Steelers (26th overall pick).[12][13][14] As a rookie in 1975, he appeared in 13 games, none as a starter, for the Super Bowl X champions.[1] Brown returned 22 punts for 217 yards, an average of 9.9 yards per return.[1]

Seattle Seahawks

In the spring of 1976, Brown was chosen by the Seattle Seahawks in the expansion draft.[15][16] He remained with the club for its first eleven seasons, and appeared in 159 games, all as the starting right cornerback.[1]

In November 1984, the Seahawks established an NFL record with four interception returns (including returns by Brown of 95 and 58 yards) for touchdowns in a single game against the Kansas City Chiefs.[17][18][19] After the 1984 season, Brown was selected to play in the Pro Bowl and was also selected by the Associated Press as a second-team All-NFL player.[1]

In his eleven years with the Seahawks, Brown established, and continues to hold, franchise records for interceptions (50), interception return yards (643), and interceptions returned for touchdowns (5).[15] In 1992, Brown became the third player inducted into the Seahawks' "Ring of Honor".[15]

Green Bay Packers

In August 1987, the Seahawks traded Brown to the Green Bay Packers in exchange for a future draft choice.[20][21] Brown played three years with the Packers from 1987 to 1989, appearing in 44 games as the starting right cornerback and registered twelve interceptions.[1] In July 1990, the Packers placed Brown on the physically unable-to-perform list due to tendinitis in his Achilles tendon.[22]

Career statistics

In fifteen years in the NFL, Brown appeared in 216 games, 203 of them as a starter.[1] He registered 62 career interceptions, which ranks ninth in NFL history.[23] He also registered 698 interception return yards and five interceptions returned for touchdowns.[1]

Later years

After retiring as a player, Brown went into coaching; he was the Seahawks' defensive backs coach from 1992 to 1998, under head coaches Tom Flores and Dennis Erickson.[15] In 2001, he was hired as the defensive backs coach at Texas Tech under head coach Mike Leach. Brown held that position in Lubbock until his death in 2006.[15] During his tenure, Texas Tech defeated Clemson 55–15 in the Tangerine Bowl, beat Navy 38–14 in the Houston Bowl, beat California 45–31 in the Holiday Bowl, and lost to Alabama 13–10 in the Cotton Bowl.

Brown was married and had two sons, Aaron and Sterling, with his wife, Rhonda.[24] On January 10, 2006, Brown died in Lubbock after suffering an apparent heart attack while playing basketball with his son, just six days shy of his 53rd birthday.[25][15][24]

References

  1. ^ a b c d e f g h "Dave Brown". Pro-Football-Reference.com. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved March 30, 2015.
  2. ^ Pat Livingston (May 14, 1975). "Dave Brown's Dad: The Proudest Man". The Pittsburgh Press. p. 61.
  3. ^ a b "Brown shines at bringing 'em down". The Michigan Daily. October 3, 1973. p. 6.
  4. ^ "All-Time Football Roster Database". University of Michigan, Bentley Historical Library. Retrieved March 26, 2015.
  5. ^ a b c "Dave Brown". College Football Hall of Fame. Football Foundation. Retrieved March 30, 2015.
  6. ^ "1972 Football Team". University of Michigan, Bentley Historical Library. Retrieved March 30, 2015.
  7. ^ a b c d e "Michigan Football Statistic Archive Query Page". University of Michigan. Archived from the original on November 12, 2007. Retrieved March 30, 2015.(to retrieve information for a particular season, go to "Games & Totals by Season" and select the year for which statistics are to be retrieved)
  8. ^ "UM, State, Buckeyes Dominate UPI's All Big Ten Team". Ludington Daily News. (Michigan). UPI. November 28, 1972. p. 5.
  9. ^ "1973 Football Team". University of Michigan, Bentley Historical Library. Retrieved March 30, 2015.
  10. ^ a b "2014 NCAA Football Records: Consensus All-America Selections" (PDF). National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA). 2014. p. 8. Retrieved March 30, 2015.
  11. ^ "1974 Football Team". University of Michigan, Bentley Historical Library. Retrieved March 30, 2015.
  12. ^ a b Stellino, Vito (January 29, 1975). "Brown picked to replace Mel?". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. p. 18.
  13. ^ Fink, David (January 29, 1975). "Steelers on defense as draft moves on". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. p. 18.
  14. ^ Musick, Phil (January 28, 1975). "Steelers draft defensive back Brown". Pittsburgh Press. p. 24.
  15. ^ a b c d e f Clare Farnsworth (January 10, 2006). "Dave Brown, 1953-2006: Hawks mourn 'class individual'; Ring of Honor great dies from heart attack". Seattle Post-Intelligencer.
  16. ^ Stellino, Vito (March 31, 1976). "Steelers lose Reavis, Bradley and Brown". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. p. 22.
  17. ^ Cour, Jim (November 5, 1984). "Early returns gives Seattle landslide win". Spokesman-Review. (Spokane, Washington). Associated Press. p. B1.
  18. ^ Green, Tom (November 5, 1984). "Seahawk secondary sensational". The Bulletin. (Bend, Oregon). UPI. p. D1.
  19. ^ Cour, Jim (November 5, 1984). "Seahawks' interceptions crush Chiefs". Schenctady Gazette. (New York). Associated Press. p. 40.
  20. ^ Dan Weaver (August 27, 1987). "Dave Brown: One of the Seahawks' historical figures". Spokane Chonicle.
  21. ^ "Packer turn a corner with 13-year veteran". The Milwaukee Journal. September 9, 1987. p. C1.
  22. ^ "Tendinitis benches Brown". The Milwaukee Journal. July 26, 1990. p. C5.
  23. ^ "NFL Career Interceptions Leaders". Pro-Football-Reference.com. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved March 30, 2015.
  24. ^ a b "Red Raider Family Mourns Loss Of Dave Brown". Texas Tech University. January 10, 2006. Retrieved March 30, 2015.
  25. ^ Johnson, Scott M. (January 11, 2006). "Ex-Seahawks captain Brown, 52, dies". Spokesman-Review. (Spokane, Washington). (Everett Herald). p. C3.