Reggie Brown
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Personal information
Born: (1974-09-28) September 28, 1974 (age 47)
Austin, Texas
Height:6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)
Weight:241 lb (109 kg)
Career information
High school:Austin (TX) Reagan
College:Texas A&M
NFL Draft:1996 / Round: 1 / Pick: 17
Career history
Career NFL statistics
GP / GS:26 / 26
Player stats at PFR

Reginald Dwayne Brown (born September 28, 1974) is a former American football linebacker in the National Football League (NFL). He was drafted in the first round (17th overall) of the 1996 NFL Draft by the Detroit Lions. He played college football at Texas A&M.

Brown suffered a spinal cord contusion in the final game of the 1997 season. The injury nearly left him paralyzed, and it ended his professional football career.


Brown played college football for Texas A&M. He earned first team All-Southwest Conference honors for his senior season efforts, during which he recorded 90 tackles and two interceptions.[1][2]

Professional career

Although not initially expected to be highly drafted, Brown's performance at the NFL combine boosted his stock.[3][4] Brown was selected 17th overall by the Detroit Lions in the 1996 NFL Draft. In his second season, he recorded 2.5 sacks to go along with two interceptions, both of which went for touchdown returns. Brown ultimately played in 26 games.

In his final game, Brown suffered a spinal cord contusion while assisting on a tackle of New York Jets halfback Adrian Murrell in the final game of the 1997 season, the same game that saw Barry Sanders cross the 2,000-yard mark for the season.[5] He lay motionless for 17 minutes on the turf at the Pontiac Silverdome, briefly losing consciousness, with CPR saving his life.[6] Emergency surgery, rehabilitation, and use of a special back brace saved him from using a wheelchair for the rest of his life.[7]

Post-football career

Brown is mobile and active. In November 2015, Brown gave a presentation hosted by Texas A&M's sports medicine department in which he detailed the recovery from his spinal cord injury.[8]


  1. ^ "Reggie Brown College Stats".
  2. ^ "The Bonus: What ever happened to Reggie Brown?".
  3. ^ "Reggie Brown College Stats".
  4. ^ "The Bonus: What ever happened to Reggie Brown?".
  5. ^ "Lions 13, Jets 10, Sanders' Big Dy Tempered By Crisis, His 2,000 yards, Brown hurts neck". December 22, 1997. Retrieved January 24, 2017.
  6. ^ George, Thomas (December 23, 1997). "PRO FOOTBALL; Lions' Brown Undergoes Surgery". Retrieved January 24, 2017.
  7. ^ "Add loss of Corey Smith to list of Lions' tragedies".
  8. ^ "Aggie great Reggie Brown shares story of injury, recovery at Huffines Discussion".