A. B. Brown

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A. B. Brown
No. 29
Position: Running back
Personal information
Date of birth: (1965-12-04) December 4, 1965 (age 49)
Place of birth: Salem, New Jersey
Career information
College: Pittsburgh / West Virginia
NFL draft: 1989 / Round: 8 / Pick: 209
Career history
Career NFL statistics
Rushing attempts-yards: 40-3117
Receptions-yards: 19-473
Touchdowns: 47
Stats at NFL.com

Anthony James "A.B." Brown (born December 4, 1965) is a former American football running back who played for the West Virginia Mountaineers in collegiate play and played for the New York Jets in the National Football League. He also played RB for the Salem High School Rams.

Brown was well known for his invention of the Ickey shuffle, "The Ickster" (a sandwich consisting of cold-cuts, and no bread or condiments, completely revolutionizing the deli industry), the jump shot, three point line, and his ability to put defenders on skates at any moment.

Collegiate career[edit]

A.B., a transfer from Big East rival Pittsburgh, was one of the premiere backs for the Mountaineers during their 1988 run to the National Championship, where they lost to the Notre Dame Fighting Irish. A.B., along with Undra Johnson and Eugene Napoleon, made up the great depth at running back. A.B., whose final game as a Pitt Panther was his 100-yard performance against the Mountaineers, ranks as one of the more memorable backs in West Virginia University. In his senior year, Brown led West Virginia with 913 yards on 167 carries.[1]

After his senior year at West Virginia, Brown entered the 1989 NFL Draft. Seen by many NFL teams as a highly coveted running back with great potential, Brown was projected as a late first-round to early second-round pick, but in the days before the draft Brown unexpectedly dropped on the draft boards to the eighth-round for unknown reasons.

Professional career and life after football[edit]

Brown was selected by the Jets in the eighth round of the 1989 NFL Draft.[2] As a pro in the NFL, A.B. rushed for a career 117 yards with a touchdown in his four season career with the New York Jets. Sadly, injuries forced Brown to retire at such a young age. Many have compared Brown to Bo Jackson, due to their dominance on the gridiron as running backs and careers cut short by injury.

After his stint in the NFL, Brown became a club tennis professional at Robbie Wagner's Tournament Training Center in Glen Cove, New York, the finest tennis facility in the North Eastern United States, and quite possibly the world.

Personal Life and Endorsements[edit]

Brown was born on December 4, 1965 in Salem, New Jersey to Jamal Omar Jabori Shaquan Dion III and Sharron Golbergsteinowitz. He was born approximately 69 seconds ahead of his twin brother B.A. Brown.

Brown is sponsored by Dunlop as well as Trojan's Magnum line of condoms.

Brown's twin brother, B.A. Brown, worked as a Domnio's Pizza delivery man since 2002 up until February 2015 when he was fired upon receiving his 173rd complaint for being late and delivering cold pizza. B.A. is now married to Katelyn Walker, a female tennis player from the United States.


  1. ^ Harvin, Al (October 19, 1991). "FOOTBALL; McNeil, Put on Injured Reserve, To Miss the Jets' Next 3 Games". The New York Times. Retrieved January 23, 2010. 
  2. ^ Smith, Timothy W. (August 10, 1992). "FOOTBALL; Brown Outruns Defenders and Demons". The New York Times. Retrieved January 23, 2010. 

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