Ruben Brown
No. 74, 79
Personal information
Born: (1972-02-13) February 13, 1972 (age 52)
Englewood, New Jersey, U.S.
Height:6 ft 3 in (1.91 m)
Weight:300 lb (136 kg)
Career information
High school:Glass (Lynchburg, Virginia)
NFL draft:1995 / Round: 1 / Pick: 14
Career history
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics
Games played:181
Games started:181
Fumble recoveries:2
Player stats at PFR

Ruben Parnell Brown (born February 13, 1972) is an American former professional football player who was a guard for 13 seasons in the National Football League (NFL). He played college football for the Pittsburgh Panthers. He was selected by the Buffalo Bills 14th overall in the 1995 NFL draft.[1]

Brown played nine seasons for the Bills and four more for the Chicago Bears, starting all 181 games in which he played. He was a four-time All-Pro and nine-time Pro Bowl selection, including eight consecutive Pro Bowl selections with the Bills from 1996 to 2003. He is the older brother of former NFL linebacker Cornell Brown.

Brown attended E. C. Glass High School in Lynchburg, Virginia.[2]

Professional career

Pre-draft measurables
Height Weight Arm length Hand span 40-yard dash 10-yard split 20-yard split 20-yard shuttle Vertical jump Broad jump Bench press
6 ft 3+18 in
(1.91 m)
304 lb
(138 kg)
34+12 in
(0.88 m)
9+14 in
(0.23 m)
5.48 s 2.00 s 3.20 s 4.72 s 27.0 in
(0.69 m)
8 ft 10 in
(2.69 m)
22 reps

Buffalo Bills

Brown was the starting left guard for the Buffalo Bills, where he was named to eight consecutive AFC Pro Bowl teams from 1996 to 2003.[3] He was also a four-time 2nd-team All-Pro.[3] Brown was a three-time nominee for the Walter Payton NFL Man of the Year Award during his tenure with Buffalo.

Chicago Bears

Brown then signed with the Chicago Bears in 2004, but only started in nine games due to injuries. He had a revival in his career in the 2006 season after the Bears made Super Bowl XLI, and was named to the 2007 Pro Bowl. In 2007, Brown played in eight games before being placed on injured reserve by the Bears on November 8, 2007 due to an injured shoulder.

Brown became a free agent after the 2007 season. He had stated he would like to return to the Bears in the future but was uncertain whether he would actually return, commenting that he enjoyed his three-year stint with the Bears, and that it rejuvenated his career.[4] The Bears did not plan on offering Brown a contract.[5]


After spending the 2008 season out of football, Brown officially announced his retirement on February 2, 2009.[6]

Broadcasting career

Brown currently co-hosts The Enforcers, a weekly television show in Buffalo, NY, with former Buffalo Sabres player Rob Ray. Brown is also a regular pundit on Canadian talkshow "Off the Record", which airs on TSN. He also served as an analyst for the syndication network broadcasting the Fall Experimental Football League.

Brown has co-hosted, along with Mike Catalana, Bills Tonight, the Bills' official weekly post game on MSG Western New York, since 2016.[7]


  1. ^ "1995 NFL Draft Listing". Retrieved March 31, 2023.
  2. ^ "Story Archives".
  3. ^ a b Lasting, Dante (October 28, 2021). "Ruben Brown set to return as the Bills Legend of the Game". Buffalo Bills. Retrieved January 2, 2024.
  4. ^ Mayer, Larry, Brown confident Smith will help Bears right ship Archived February 25, 2012, at the Wayback Machine,, Retrieved on January 13, 2007.
  5. ^ "Mike Brown in, Ruben Brown out of Bears' '08 plans - Chicago Bears". Archived from the original on February 25, 2008. Retrieved February 25, 2008.
  6. ^ Graham, Tim (February 3, 2009). "Ex-Bills, Bears Pro Bowl lineman Brown retires". Retrieved December 26, 2023.
  7. ^ "How are the Buffalo Bills Getting More TV Coverage This Year?". FOX Sports. September 10, 2016. Retrieved July 17, 2018.