Andre Brown (running back)

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Andre Brown
No. --     Free agent
Running back
Personal information
Date of birth: (1986-12-15) December 15, 1986 (age 28)
Place of birth: Baltimore, Maryland,
Height: 6 ft 0 in (1.83 m) Weight: 227 lb (103 kg)
Career information
College: North Carolina State
NFL Draft: 2009 / Round: 4 / Pick: 129
Debuted in 2010 for the Denver Broncos
Career history
*Offseason and/or practice squad member only
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics as of Week 17, 2013
Rushing yards 876
Rushing average 4.1
Rushing TDs 11
Stats at NFL.com

Andre Brown (born December 15, 1986) is an American football running back who is currently a free agent. He played college football at North Carolina State and was drafted by the New York Giants in the fourth round of the 2009 NFL Draft.

Brown has also been a member of the Carolina Panthers, Indianapolis Colts, Denver Broncos, Washington Redskins and Houston Texans.

Early years[edit]

Originally signed with NC State in 2004, but spent last season at Hargrave Military Academy ...No. 13 prep school player nationally according to Rivals.com ... Graduated from Greenville Rose High School where he played for coach Greg Thomas ... North Carolina's Associated Press Player of the Year in 2003 ... Rushed for a state record 3,479 yards as a senior in 2003 ... Averaged more than 12 yards a carry that year ...Led Greenville Rose to a state 4-A title during his senior season in 2003 ...Scored 47 career touchdowns ...Third-team 2003 Fox Sports Net Countdown to Signing Day All-South Team ... Announced his decision to attend NC State on Fox Sports Net South's "Countdown to Signing Day" TV show in Atlanta ... Was the No. 10 running back nationally according to Rivals.com ... Rated the No. 19 prospect in the region and No. 7 in the state by Rivals.com.[1]

College career[edit]

Brown played four seasons for the NC State Wolfpack, rushing for 2,539 yards and 22 touchdowns on 523 carries. He rushed for 767 yards and seven touchdowns (both career highs) as a senior in 2008.

Professional career[edit]

First stint with the Giants[edit]

Brown was drafted by the New York Giants in the fourth round (129th overall) of the 2009 NFL Draft. He suffered a ruptured Achilles tendon during training camp on August 14, which forced him to miss his rookie season. He was placed on injured reserve on September 1, 2009. Brown was waived by the Giants on September 4, 2010.[2]

Denver Broncos[edit]

On September 5, 2010, Brown was claimed off waivers by the Denver Broncos, waived on September 15, and then signed to the Broncos' practice squad on September 17, 2010. On September 21, 2010 Brown was signed to the active roster, and Lance Ball was waived.[3] Brown himself was waived on October 16, 2010. In four regular season games with the Broncos, Brown played in three but only amassed statistics in one (two rushes for a total of minus one yard in a 31-17 road loss to the Baltimore Ravens on October 10, 2010).[4]

Indianapolis Colts[edit]

Brown was claimed off waivers by the Indianapolis Colts on October 18, 2010. Brown was moved to the Colts active roster on November 6, 2010, then waived on November 9, 2010. Brown did not amass any statistics in his only game with the Colts, a 26-24 road loss to the Philadelphia Eagles on November 7, 2010.[4]

Carolina Panthers[edit]

Brown was claimed off waivers by the Carolina Panthers on November 9, 2010, and then waived on November 16, 2010.[2] Brown did not play in his only game with the Panthers, a 31-16 road loss to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on November 14, 2010.[4]

Washington Redskins[edit]

On November 24, 2010, Brown was signed by the Washington Redskins and added to their active roster.[5] He was released on July 28, 2011.[6]

Second stint with the Giants[edit]

On August 3, 2011, Brown re-signed with the New York Giants.[7] He was waived on September 3, but re-signed the next day to the practice squad. On February 5, 2012, Brown and the Giants won Super Bowl 46 against the New England Patriots. After the game Brown became known for his celebratory song, "I got a ring", he and his teammates sang on the plane ride home and at the parade the following week.

In March 2012, Brown was hit with a four-game suspension by the NFL for violating the league's substance abuse policy.[8] He later claimed it was a result of Adderall use [9] and eventually won an appeal, having his suspension lifted.[10]

On September 16, after starter Ahmad Bradshaw was knocked out of the game with a neck injury, Brown rushed for 71 yards on 13 carries, converting a two-point conversion and scoring the game-winning touchdown against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.[11]

On September 20 of 2012, Brown stepped in as the starter for the Giants against the Carolina Panthers on Thursday Night Football. Brown rushed for 113 yards on 20 carries, scoring two rushing touchdowns. He also had 3 receptions for 17 yards.

On November 25, he suffered a broken fibula in the fourth quarter on a Sunday Night Football game against the Green Bay Packers at MetLife Stadium, effectively ending his season. He ended the season, where he participated in 10 games, with 73 carries for 385 yards, with a 5.3 yard per carry average, after only 2 carries in the previous 3 seasons. He was eventually placed on injured reserve.[12]

In 2013, Brown injured his leg in the final preseason game for the New York Giants. He was expected back by week 10.[13] He did return week 10 to face the Oakland Raiders, where he accumulated 115 yards rushing and one rushing touchdown in his 2013 debut.

Houston Texans[edit]

On April 7, 2014, Brown signed a one year contract with the Houston Texans.[14] He was released on August 11.[15]

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