Tyler Brayton
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Brayton with the Raiders in 2006
No. 91, 96, 17, 75
Position:Defensive end
Personal information
Born: (1979-11-20) November 20, 1979 (age 42)
Richland, Washington
Height:6 ft 6 in (1.98 m)
Weight:280 lb (127 kg)
Career information
High school:Pasco (WA)
NFL Draft:2003 / Round: 1 / Pick: 32
Career history
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics
Forced fumbles:5
Player stats at NFL.com

Tyler Brayton (born November 20, 1979) is a former American football defensive end. He was drafted by the Oakland Raiders 32nd overall in the 2003 NFL Draft. He played college football at Colorado. Brayton also played for the Carolina Panthers and Indianapolis Colts.

College career

In 47 games at the University of Colorado, Brayton recorded 152 tackles with 12.5 sacks, 25 stops for losses, 34 quarterback pressures, 17 third-down hits, three fumble recoveries, three forced fumbles and six pass deflections.[1]

Professional career

Oakland Raiders

Brayton was the last NFL draft pick in the first round in 2003, after Oakland acquired the first-round pick from the eventual Super Bowl Champion Tampa Bay Buccaneers in exchange for head coach Jon Gruden at the end of the 2001 season. Gruden became the Buccaneers coach after Tony Dungy's firing, with the latter taking over as the Indianapolis Colts coach when Jim E. Mora was fired the same year. Brayton was one of two Raiders selected in the first round in 2003; the other was Nnamdi Asomugha. In his debut season, he played and started in all 16 games and finished the campaign with 61 tackles and 2.5 sacks. The following season, he recorded 45 tackles, 2.5 sacks and his first career interception at the Kansas City Chiefs on December 25. During the 2005 season, Brayton played in all 16 games, notching up three starts and finished the season with 16 tackles and one sack. In 2006, he finished with 42 tackles. In his final year with the Raiders, Brayton finished the season with 11 tackles.

On November 6, 2006 in a game against the Seattle Seahawks, Brayton kneed Seahawks tight end Jerramy Stevens in the groin after Stevens had kneed him, and was ejected. Brayton was later fined $25,000 by the NFL[2] and Stevens was fined $15,000.

Carolina Panthers

On March 4, 2008, Brayton was signed by the Carolina Panthers. In his first season at the Panthers, he played and started in all 16 games and finished the campaign with 40 tackles and a career-high 4.5 sacks.[3]

On December 12, 2010 in a game against the Atlanta Falcons, Tyler Brayton came off the bench and elbowed Atlanta Falcons cornerback Christopher Owens in the head while Owens was running along the Carolina sideline as part of the punt coverage unit. The NFL fined Tyler Brayton $15,000 for the illegal hit.[4] Carolina released him on July 29, 2011.[5]

Indianapolis Colts

Brayton signed with the Indianapolis Colts on August 15, 2011.[6]

Personal life

Brayton is the grandson of former Washington State University baseball coach Bobo Brayton[7]


  1. ^ College Statistics Carolina Panthers website
  2. ^ "Brayton gets fine, but no suspension", San Francisco Chronicle, February 16, 2008.
  3. ^ Career Statistics Stats courtesy of nfl.com
  4. ^ "Tyler Brayton hit with $15,000 fine". 19 December 2010.
  5. ^ "NFL cuts roundup". 29 July 2011.
  6. ^ http://www.everything-colts.com/offseasoncentral.htm Everything-Colts.com
  7. ^ Brayton participated on the NBC show American Ninja Warrior June 1st, 2015. "Oakland Raiders official bio", Oakland Raiders website, February 16, 2008.