Browner in the 2011 preseason.
No. 39 Seattle Seahawks
|Date of birth:August 2, 1984|
|Place of birth: Pacoima, California|
|High school: Sylmar (CA)|
|College: Oregon State|
|Undrafted in 2005|
|Debuted in 2007 for the Calgary Stampeders|
|Roster status: Unrestricted Free Agent|
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics as of Week 17, 2013
|Stats at CFL.ca|
Brandon Kemar Browner (born August 2, 1984) is an American football cornerback for the Seattle Seahawks of the National Football League (NFL). In 2005, Browner signed with the Denver Broncos as an undrafted free agent. Browner played four seasons with the Calgary Stampeders of the Canadian Football League (CFL) where he was a three-time CFL All-Star and a member of Grey Cup championship team in 2008 before signing with the Seahawks before the 2011 season. Browner and the other Seahawks' defensive backs are collectively known as the Legion of Boom.
High school career
Browner was a Prep Star West All-Region and All-Valley Mission League selection at Sylmar High School (outside Los Angeles) as a senior. He also earned Mission League MVP honors. As a junior, Browner played at James Monroe High School in North Hills, Los Angeles. During his prep career, he competed as a receiver where he accounted for 1,726 career yards and 24 touchdowns, and on defense as a cornerback where he recorded 16 career interceptions. As a senior, he also returned three punts for touchdowns.
Browner played in college for Oregon State University. Browner redshirted in 2002 at Oregon State. He then went on to start in every game he played in for the Beavers. Browner was named to the Freshman All-America teams by the Football Writers Association and The Sporting News in 2003. He was chosen Pac-10 Conference Freshman of the Year and was a member of the All-Pac-10 second team. He ranked ninth in the nation with six interceptions and recorded 43 tackles (37 solo) with six pass breakups, two forced fumbles and three stops for losses as a redshirt freshman. He helped the program weather the 2002 departures of Dennis Weathersby, Calvin Carlyle and Terrell Roberts.
Browner added All-America and All-Pac-10 Conference honors from The NFL Draft Report in 2004. Lining up at right cornerback, he regularly faced the opponent's top receiver. Browner recorded 44 tackles (37 solo) with a sack, nine pass deflections and a blocked kick in 2004. He finished his two-year collegiate career with 87 tackles (74 solo), a 2-yard sack, five stops for losses of 16 yards, two forced fumbles, 15 pass deflections and six interceptions for 74 yards in returns and a touchdown.
Browner was signed as an undrafted free agent by the Denver Broncos in 2005. However, Browner fractured his left forearm August 20 against San Francisco, was placed him on injured reserve on August 25, 2005, and he missed the entire 2005 season before being waived on July 24, 2006.
Browner signed with the Calgary Stampeders in 2006. His speed and competitive effort made him a fan favorite in his short time with the team. He won the 2008 Grey Cup with Calgary and was named a CFL all pro All-Star for the season. Browner was also selected to the CFL all pro All-Star team after the 2009 season.
Browner signed with the Seattle Seahawks and started every game of the 2011 season. Highlights of that season included a Seattle-record 94 yard interception return against the New York Giants in a Week 5 victory and two interceptions in a win against Vince Young and the Philadelphia Eagles on December 1, 2011. Browner was suspended for four games in 2012 for violating the NFL's performance enhancing drug policy for using a prescription drug. Despite this setback, Browner was added to the 2012 Pro Bowl roster as a replacement for an injured Carlos Rogers.
On December 18, 2013, the NFL erroneously reported Browner was facing another suspension for again violating the NFL's performance enhancing drug rules. The suspension was later changed to reflect a substance abuse issue related to missing drug tests during the time Browner was undrafted by an NFL team, while playing football in the CFL, and prior to the Seahawks contract. On March 4, 2014, Browner announced via Twitter that he had been reinstated by the NFL and that he would drop a planned suit. However, a report indicates that he may have to sit out a few games.
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Seahawks franchise records
- Longest interception return for touchdown (season): 94 (in 10/9/2011 vs New York Giants)
- Most Interception Yards Returned (season): 220 (2011)
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