Lomas Brown
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Brown playing for the Detroit Lions, circa 1987
No. 75, 76
Position:Offensive tackle
Personal information
Born: (1963-03-30) March 30, 1963 (age 61)
Miami, Florida, U.S.
Height:6 ft 4 in (1.93 m)
Weight:282 lb (128 kg)
Career information
High school:Miami Springs (Miami Springs, Florida)
NFL draft:1985 / Round: 1 / Pick: 6
Career history
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics
Games played:263
Games started:251
Fumbles recovered:3
Player stats at PFR

Lomas Brown Jr. (born March 30, 1963) is an American former professional football player who was an offensive tackle in the National Football League (NFL) for 18 seasons in the 1980s, 1990s and early 2000s. Brown played college football for the Florida Gators, receiving consensus All-American honors. A first-round pick in the 1985 NFL Draft, he played professionally for the Detroit Lions and four other NFL teams. He is currently a color analyst for Lions radio broadcasts on WXYT 97.1 The Ticket, as well as a commentator and analyst for ESPN and other television and radio networks.

Early life

Brown was born in Miami, Florida.[1] He attended Miami Springs High School in Miami Springs, Florida,[2] where he was a stand-out offensive lineman for the Miami Springs Golden Hawks high school football team. In 2007, the Florida High School Athletic Association (FHSAA) recognized Brown as one of the 33 all-time greatest Florida high school football players of the last 100 years by naming him to its "All-Century Team."[3]

College career

Brown accepted an athletic scholarship to attend the University of Florida in Gainesville, Florida, where he played for coach Charley Pell and coach Galen Hall's Florida Gators football teams from 1981 to 1984.[4] He started 34 games in his college career at Florida, all at tackle.[4] Brown was a team captain, a first-team All-Southeastern Conference (SEC) selection and a consensus first-team All-American, and the winner of the Jacobs Blocking Trophy recognizing the best blocker in the SEC during his senior year in 1984.[4][5] He anchored the Gators' outstanding offensive line, memorably dubbed "The Great Wall of Florida," and which included Brown, Phil Bromley, Billy Hinson, Crawford Ker and Jeff Zimmerman in 1984. Behind the blocking of Brown and his Great Wall teammates, the Gators' quarterback Kerwin Bell, fullback John L. Williams and halfback Neal Anderson led the Gators to a 9–1–1 overall win–loss record and won their first SEC championship with a conference record of 5–0–1. (The title was later vacated by the SEC university presidents because of NCAA rules violations committed by Charley Pell and the Gators coaching staff between 1979 and 1983.) Brown was inducted into the University of Florida Athletic Hall of Fame as a "Gator Great" in 1995.[6][7] As part of its 2006 article series about the top 100 players of the first 100 years of Florida football, The Gainesville Sun recognized him as the No. 8 all-time Gator player.[8]

While Brown was a student at Florida, he was initiated as a member of Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity (Zeta Kappa Chapter). He later returned to the university during the NFL off-season to complete his bachelor's degree in health and human performance in 1996.

Professional career

The Detroit Lions selected Brown in the first round (sixth pick overall) in the 1985 NFL Draft.[9] He played for the Lions for 11 seasons (19851995).[10] In his long professional career, he also played for the Arizona Cardinals (19961998), the Cleveland Browns (1999), the New York Giants (20002001), and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers (2002),[10] with whom he won a Super Bowl before retiring after 18 seasons in the NFL. Brown was a remarkably consistent starter in his unusually long-lived career, playing in 263 games and starting 251 of them, and was named to the NFC Pro Bowl team seven straight seasons from 1990 to 1996.[1]

Brown is probably remembered most from his years in Detroit, where he gained the reputation as one of the league's premier offensive tackles. He was a pivotal piece on the offensive line that blocked for perhaps the greatest running back of all-time (Barry Sanders). Brown was one of the most durable offensive linemen in the Detroit Lions' history, starting all but one of the 164 games that he played for the Lions.[1]

Along with Kevin Glover, Brown was a key blocker on a line that paved the way for Sanders, who claimed NFL rushing titles in 1990 and 1994. He blocked for Sanders for seven seasons (19891995), and Sanders accumulated 10,172 yards (an average of 4.9 yards per carry) and 73 rushing touchdowns during that time.

Brown was a member of Lions teams that made the playoffs in 1991, 1993, 1994 and 1995, and he was a member of the 1991 and 1993 squads that won the NFC Central division title. In 1991, the Lions set a franchise high with 12 regular season wins and earned a berth in the 1991 NFC Championship Game. During the 1995-96 playoffs, Brown guaranteed a victory over the Philadelphia Eagles.[11] The Eagles opened the game with 51–7 run. The Lions went on to lose the game 37–58.

Brown was also a charismatic and respected leader on the team, who graciously donated a great deal of time, energy and money to many charitable causes throughout the Metro Detroit area.

On October 30, 2023 Brown was inducted into the Detroit Lions Hall of Fame, known as the Pride of the Lions.

Life after the NFL

Since his retirement from the NFL, Brown has spent some time with the NFL Network and ESPNEWS as an analyst and also co-hosts a sports radio show for WXYT-FM in Detroit, Michigan. He has also served as an analyst on ESPN First Take, and is a co-host of the segment "Law Offices of Brooks and Brown." In 2018 he was named as the color analyst for the Detroit Lions radio broadcasts on WJR, replacing Jim Brandstatter.[12]

During 2012, Brown served as an assistant coach for the Andover Barons football team of Andover High School in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan.

On December 22, 2012, Brown admitted during an interview on the SVP and Russillo show on ESPN Radio that he purposefully failed to block Green Bay Packers defensive end Sean Jones[13] during a 1994 game so teammate and quarterback Scott Mitchell would get injured and be forced to leave the game.[14] Mitchell's finger was broken on the play and he left the game.[15] Mitchell was taken aback by Brown's comments, remarking, "I had Lomas in my home. . . . I'm dumbfounded that he would do such a thing. . . . [F]or him to allow someone to take a shot at a teammate, that's crazy."[16]

Less than a week after the interview, Brown expressed remorse during an episode of ESPN First Take, saying "It's one play out of the 18,000 that I regret." He did not deny his original comments: "I'm not going to retract, I'm not going to sit here and make excuses . . . The one thing I can say is I should have been more tactful at how I said that. That was wrong on my part. I should have humbly said that. It came off boastful, and I shouldn't have said it that way. I said it, I can't take it back, but I shouldn't have said it the way I said it."[16][17]

Mitchell would eventually forgive Brown, with both indicating, after reviewing footage of the play in question (as well as considering other details of the game that Brown got wrong) that Brown didn't actually miss his block, and that Brown may have fabricated the story to further his career with ESPN at the time. Brown called it a moment where “I blanked out...I started ranting and raving about what I did. … Until I saw the play I actually thought I did it.”[18][19]

See also


  1. ^ a b c Pro-Football-Reference.com, Players, Lomas Brown. Retrieved July 1, 2010.
  2. ^ databaseFootball.com. Players, Lomas Brown Archived February 5, 2010, at the Wayback Machine. Retrieved June 1, 2010.
  3. ^ "FHSAA announces 33-member All-Century football team," Florida High School Athletic Association (December 12, 2007). Retrieved May 26, 2011.
  4. ^ a b c 2012 Florida Football Media Guide Archived May 27, 2013, at the Wayback Machine, University Athletic Association, Gainesville, Florida, pp. 76, 81, 87, 89, 93, 95, 97, 98, 101, 104, 116, 176, 185 (2012). Retrieved September 16, 2012.
  5. ^ 2012 NCAA Football Records Book, Award Winners, National Collegiate Athletic Association, Indianapolis, Indiana, pp. 9 & 14 (2012). Retrieved September 14, 2012.
  6. ^ F Club, Hall of Fame, Gator Greats. Retrieved December 13, 2014.
  7. ^ Antonya English, "Carlson calls UF induction top thrill," The Gainesville Sun, pp. 1 & 6 (April 7, 1995). Retrieved July 23, 2011.
  8. ^ Robbie Andreu & Pat Dooley, "No. 8 Lomas Brown," The Gainesville Sun (August 26, 2006). Retrieved March 31, 2013.
  9. ^ "1985 NFL Draft Listing". Pro-Football-Reference.com. Retrieved October 5, 2023.
  10. ^ a b National Football League, Historical Players, Lomas Brown. Retrieved June 1, 2010.
  11. ^ "Lions' Guarantee Incites The Eagles Lomas Brown Assures A Win; Philadelphia Says 'We'll See'". Spokesman.com.
  12. ^ Crawford, Kirkland (July 10, 2018). "Detroit Lions radio: Jim Brandstatter out, Lomas Brown in on WJR-AM". Detroit Free Press. Retrieved August 17, 2018.
  13. ^ Biggs, Brad (February 18, 2013). "Lomas Brown, Scott Mitchell put bizarre story behind them". Yahoo! Sports. Retrieved February 18, 2013.
  14. ^ "The Lions' Lomas Brown Says He Deliberately Let QB Scott Mitchell Get Injured In 1994". December 22, 2012. Retrieved December 27, 2012.
  15. ^ "Harsh words for Lomas Brown's admission".
  16. ^ a b "Lomas Brown regrets whiffed block". December 27, 2012. Retrieved December 27, 2012.
  17. ^ Hanzus, Dan. "Lomas Brown regrets letting Scott Mitchell get injured". NFL.com. Retrieved December 27, 2012.
  18. ^ "Scott Mitchell hated Bobby Ross so much he considered beaning him in 2000". June 25, 2021.
  19. ^ Briggs, Brad (February 18, 2013). "LOMAS BROWN, SCOTT MITCHELL PUT BIZARRE STORY BEHIND THEM". National Football Post. Retrieved November 26, 2023.