Brandon Flowers (American football)
Flowers during the 2011 NFL season.
No. 24 Kansas City Chiefs
|Date of birth:February 18, 1986|
|Place of birth: Delray Beach, Florida|
|High school: Delray Beach (FL) Atlantic Community|
|College: Virginia Tech|
|NFL Draft: 2008 / Round: 2 / Pick: 35|
|Debuted in 2008 for the Kansas City Chiefs|
|Roster status: Active|
Career NFL statistics as of Week 5, 2013
Brandon Lavar Flowers (born February 18, 1986) is an American football cornerback for the Kansas City Chiefs of the National Football League. He was drafted by the Chiefs in the second round (35th overall) of the 2008 NFL Draft after playing college football at Virginia Tech. Flowers is currently considered to be one of the Chiefs' best defensive players.
High school career
Flowers played high school football while attending Atlantic Community High School, where he earned first-team all-area and all-conference honors. He was teammates with Omar Jacobs and David Clowney. Flowers then attended Hargrave Military Academy for prep school in 2003. At Hargreaves, he was teammates with Jonathan Hefney, Brian Soi, DJ Ware, and Justin Harper.
Flowers attended Virginia Tech, where he majored in Sociology. In 2004. he did not play in the season opener vs. Southern California, but made a spectacular interception for a 38-yard return the following week vs. Western Michigan. He suffered a fractured right fibula later in the contest and missed the rest of the season. Flowers returned to action in 2005, posting 20 tackles (13 solo) with four pass deflections, 1 1/2 stops behind the line of scrimmage, and an interception.
As a sophomore in 2006, Flowers took over the boundary cornerback spot, going on to start his final 27 games with the Hokies. He earned All-American second-team and All-Atlantic Coast Conference first-team honors, leading the league with 21 passes defended, breaking up 18 throws and picking off three others. He totaled 51 tackles (29 solo) with 3.5 sacks and 7.5 stops for losses. He also caused a fumble and did not allow an opponent to catch any passes in three games.
As a junior in 2007, Flowers again received All-American and All-ACC recognition. In 2007, Flowers intercepted five passes and deflected nine others; he also ranked third on the team with 86 tackles (56 solo), including eight stops behind the line of scrimmage.
In 41 games at Virginia Tech, Flowers made 28 starts at cornerback, making 158 tackles (99 solo) with 3.5 sacks for minus-28 yards, 17 stops for losses of 71 yards and six quarterback pressures. He caused and recovered a fumble, deflected 32 passes, and intercepted 10 others for 172 yards in returns and two touchdowns. He also led the Atlantic Coast Conference in passes broken up (18) and passes defended (21).
2008 NFL Draft
Regarded as the No. 8 cornerback available in the 2008 NFL Draft, Flowers was described an "opportunistic cornerback with solid ball skills" by Sports Illustrated. He was drafted by the Kansas City Chiefs in the second round (35th overall) of the 2008 NFL Draft. Flowers was the highest selected Hokies defender since DeAngelo Hall in 2004.
|Ht||Wt||40-yd dash||10-yd split||20-yd split||20-ss||3-cone||Vert||Broad||BP|
|5 ft 9 5⁄8 in||189 lb||4.55 s||1.47 s||2.60 s||4.08 s||6.72 s||30 in||9 ft 9 in||14 reps|
|All values from NFL Combine, except 20-ss and 3-cone, which are from Virginia Tech Pro Day.|
Kansas City Chiefs
Flowers signed his contract for four years on July 23, 2008.
During the 2008 season, Flowers played opposite Patrick Surtain, who is his cousin. He recorded his first two career interceptions against Brett Favre of the New York Jets on October 26, returning the 2nd one 91 yards for a touchdown. The Chiefs, however, lost the game 28–24. Flowers finished the season with 69 tackles (62 solo), 1 forced fumble, 13 pass break-ups, 2 interceptions and a touchdown.
Despite playing nearly all the 2009 season with a hurt shoulder, Flowers accumulated 65 tackles (58 solo), 2 forced fumbles, 23 pass break-ups, and 5 interceptions.
During the 2010 season, he helped lead the Chiefs to the 14th ranked defense (in yards per game), after finishing 30th the previous season, and helped lead the Chiefs to their first division title since 2003. He finished the season with 65 tackles, 14 pass deflections, and 2 interceptions one of which was returned for a touchdown.
On September 16, 2011, DIRECTV's Andrew Siciliano reported that Flowers signed a five-year contract extension with the Chiefs worth $50 million with $22 million guaranteed. In the Chiefs/Raiders game, Flowers picked the ball off twice which one was returned for a touchdown. Flowers finished the season with 59 tackles and 4 interceptions.
- "Brandon Flowers, #24, Cornerback, Kansas City Chiefs". Archived from the original on 2008-07-30. Retrieved 2008-10-30.
- "Brandon Flowers Recruiting Profile", Rivals.com, retrieved February 18, 2010.
- Associated Press (2008-01-07). "Virginia Tech's Flowers declaring for NFL draft". Retrieved 2008-01-08.
- ESPN – Flowers flanking `cousin' in Chiefs secondary – NFL
- Siciliano, Andrew. "Direct TV Redzone". Direct TV. Roto Wire. Retrieved September 16, 2011.