Derek Brown
No. 86, 83
Position:Tight end
Personal information
Born: (1970-03-31) March 31, 1970 (age 54)
Falls Church, Virginia, U.S.
Height:6 ft 6 in (1.98 m)
Weight:268 lb (122 kg)
Career information
High school:Merritt Island (FL)
College:Notre Dame
NFL draft:1992 / Round: 1 / Pick: 14
Career history
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics
Receiving yards:401
Player stats at

Derek Vernon Brown[1] (born March 31, 1970) is an American former professional football player who was a tight end in the National Football League (NFL).

College Football Career

He played college football for the Notre Dame Fighting Irish and attended high school at Merritt Island High School. In his final two seasons at Notre Dame, he displayed receiving prowess with 37 catches for 545 yards and 5 TD.

NFL career

He was selected in the first round with the 14th overall pick in the 1992 NFL draft by the New York Giants.[2] As a rookie, he recorded 4 catches for 31 yards and followed that season up with 7 catches for 56 yards in 1993. In 1994, Brown mostly played a role on special teams.

He was selected by the Jacksonville Jaguars in the 1995 NFL Expansion Draft.[3] Brown missed the entire 1995 season as the result of a hit from Denver Broncos safety Tim Hauck during a preseason game. He suffered bruised ribs, a collapsed lung and damage to his spleen and kidney. He was in the hospital for 10 days and in a wheelchair a few weeks after that. Despite the injuries, his best season came in 1996 with the Jacksonville Jaguars when he recorded 17 catches for 141 yards. He followed it up in 1997 with 8 catches for 84 yards and one touchdown. In 1998, he went to the Oakland Raiders where he started 4 games and recorded 7 catches for 89 yards.

Post Football Life

Brown now resides in Clifton Park, New York with his daughter, Sydney, and his son, Reece.[4] He currently works as a senior energy advisor at GREENCROWN Energy & Water and as the director of operations at Jersey Mikes


  1. ^ "Derek Brown". Archived from the original on May 28, 2011. Retrieved July 17, 2008.
  2. ^ "1992 NFL Draft Listing". Retrieved May 7, 2023.
  3. ^ "NFL Expansion Draft". Tampa Bay Times. February 16, 1995. Retrieved November 2, 2023.
  4. ^ The San Francisco Chronicle ((cite news)): Missing or empty |title= (help) [dead link]