Brian Brohm

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Brian Brohm
No. 12     Winnipeg Blue Bombers
Quarterback
Personal information
Date of birth: (1985-09-23) September 23, 1985 (age 29)
Place of birth: Louisville, Kentucky
Height: 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m) Weight: 223 lb (101 kg)
Career information
College: Louisville
NFL Draft: 2008 / Round: 2 / Pick: 56
Debuted in 2009 for the Buffalo Bills
Career history
Career highlights and awards
  • Conference USA Freshman of the Year (2005)
  • Heisman Trophy candidate (2006)
  • 2007 Orange Bowl MVP
Career NFL statistics as of Week 17, 2010
TDINT 0-5
Passing yards 252
QB Rating 26.0
Stats at NFL.com

Brian Joseph Brohm (born September 23, 1985) is an Canadian football quarterback who is currently a member of the Winnipeg Blue Bombers of the Canadian Football League. He was drafted by the Green Bay Packers in the second round of the 2008 NFL Draft. He played college football at Louisville.

Brohm has also played for the Buffalo Bills, Las Vegas Locomotives and Hamilton Tiger-Cats.

Early years[edit]

While passing for 10,579 yards and 119 touchdowns during his prep career, Brohm led the Trinity Shamrocks to the 4-A state title in 2001, 2002, and 2003. He was the MVP of all three title games, the most exciting of which was a 59-56 victory over Louisville Male and 2002 Mr. Football Michael Bush. Brohm threw for 555 yards and 7 TDs in that game. Brian was featured on the cover of Sports Illustrated on November 18, 2002, while he was a junior in high school. Brohm was named 2003 Kentucky Mr. Football, USA Today Offensive Player of the Year and was the Gatorade Player of the Year for 2003. Brohm was named one of the top five quarterbacks in America by Rivals.com and was selected to participate in the 2004 U.S. Army All-American Bowl game in San Antonio, Texas.

Brohm also played basketball and baseball for the Shamrocks, helping the basketball team to its first ever Regional title and the baseball team to a state runner-up finish. He was the MVP of the only State tournament victory in Trinity history, when they defeated University Heights in 2004. Brohm was also voted the MVP of his baseball team his senior year. Following his senior year he was drafted by the Colorado Rockies in the 49th round of the 2004 MLB draft.

He is the younger brother of former University of Louisville and NFL Quarterback, Jeff Brohm. Jeff is currently the Head Coach of Western Kentucky University. His other brother, Greg Brohm, played wide receiver at Louisville and had a stint in the CFL at the Edmonton Eskimos camp before being cut. His older sister, Kim Brohm, was a three sport athlete at Spalding University. She played softball, volleyball, and basketball for the Pelicans.

College career[edit]

Brohm announced his decision to attend the University of Louisville on January 20, 2004, picking the hometown Cardinals over scholarship offers from Notre Dame, Tennessee, Alabama, Pittsburgh, Nebraska, Purdue, Illinois and others. Brohm enrolled at Louisville in the fall of 2004 and immediately began competing for the starting quarterback spot with Stefan LeFors.

His first season, Brohm was named Conference USA Freshman of the Year, despite not starting a single game. Brohm completed 66 of 98 passes for 819 yards and six touchdowns. After entering the game for at least one series per game as a true freshman, Brohm followed in the footsteps of father, Oscar, and brother, Jeff, by becoming a starting quarterback at the University of Louisville in 2005. His brother, Greg, also played at Louisville as a receiver.

In 2005, Brohm passed for 2,883 yards and 19 touchdowns before suffering a season-ending knee injury in a game against Syracuse on November 25. He was forced to miss Louisville's last regular season game (a December 2 matchup against Connecticut) and was still in rehabilitation when the Cardinals lost to Virginia Tech in the 2006 Gator Bowl. Brohm was named the BIg East Offensive player of the year and 1st Team All-Big East Quarterback in 2005.

Brohm injured his thumb in Louisville's September 16, 2006 victory over Miami. He returned as starting quarterback in Louisville's October 14, 2006 victory against Cincinnati. He had been replaced at starting quarterback by sophomore backup Hunter Cantwell for the previous two games. Before his injury, Brohm was one of two candidates at U of L for the 2006 Heisman Trophy, along with senior running back Michael Bush. The pair, both born and raised in Louisville, were dubbed "The Derby City Duo."

In the 2007 Orange Bowl, Brohm earned MVP honors by leading Louisville to its first-ever BCS victory, 24-13 over Wake Forest. Brohm completed 24 of 34 passes for 311 yards, the third highest total in Orange Bowl history. He also ended the year as the 2nd Team All Big East Quarterback behind Pat White.

Rivals.com named Brohm as one of the top 10 quarterbacks going into the 2007 season.[1]

Brohm had an injury-free season in 2007, completing 308 of 473 passes for 4,024 yards for 30 touchdowns with 12 interceptions, giving him a QB Rating of 152. However, Louisville struggled and finished 6-6, failing to make a bowl game for the first time in 10 years. Brohm once again was the 2nd Team All Big East Quarterback behind Pat White.

Though The Sporting News projected Brohm as high as the top pick in the 2007 NFL draft,[2] and many other experts had projected him as going no later than the first round, Brohm announced on January 15, 2007, after a long period of speculation, that he would return to the University of Louisville for his senior year.

After the 2007 Orange Bowl, he stated that "Right now, coming back and trying to win a national title looks very appealing."[3]

Professional career[edit]

Pre-Draft[edit]

The fact that the 2008 draft was infused with top-prospect quarterbacks whose playing styles are very similar to Brohm's was also a key argument for Brohm's possible entry in the 2007 draft, where the other first round-bound quarterbacks include the more diverse characters of Brady Quinn and JaMarcus Russell. However, Brohm eventually decided to return for his senior season for another shot at helping the Louisville Cardinals to a BCS National Championship. Instead, the team went 6-6.

Brohm scored a 32 on the Wonderlic exam out of the 50 questions, tying Matt Ryan.

Green Bay Packers[edit]

Brohm was drafted by the Green Bay Packers in the second round (56th overall) of the 2008 NFL Draft. As a rookie, he was the third quarterback on the depth chart behind starter Aaron Rodgers and backup Matt Flynn. He was waived on September 5, 2009. Just days later, Brohm was signed to the practice squad.

Buffalo Bills[edit]

Brohm was signed off the Packers practice squad by the Buffalo Bills on November 19, 2009 after the Bills waived Gibran Hamdan. He made his first NFL start on December 27, 2009 vs. the Atlanta Falcons. Buffalo lost the game 31-3. In the 2nd quarter of the same game, Brohm threw an 8 yard pass to Terrell Owens, giving the wideout his 1,000th career reception.

Brohm competed with Ryan Fitzpatrick and Trent Edwards for the starting quarterback position prior to the 2010 season. Edwards, however, was named starter prior to the first preseason game, with Fitzpatrick and Brohm alternating as second-string through the preseason. By the start of the regular season, Brohm had been demoted back to third string; when Edwards was released, Brohm was moved back up to second string when Fitzpatrick became the starter. Brohm was given the start in the final game of the season, a 38–7 loss to the New York Jets.

Brohm, a restricted free agent, was not re-signed by the Bills in the 2011 offseason, with the Bills having signed Brad Smith and Tyler Thigpen as backups to Fitzpatrick.

Las Vegas Locomotives[edit]

Brohm signed with the Las Vegas Locomotives of the United Football League on August 29, 2011.[4] Brohm, entering the game in relief of starter Chase Clement, saw his first action in a game against the Virginia Destroyers on September 24, 2011 completing 10-19 passes for 111 yds and 2 touchdowns in a 34-17 loss.

Following the 2011 season Brohm had a workout for the Detroit Lions in November. In March 2012, he threw to Randy Moss in a highly publicized workout for the New Orleans Saints. Thereafter, he was part of a massive tryout held by the San Francisco 49ers toward the end of March. Continuing with a busy 2012 off-season, Brohm was invited to attend the New Orleans Saints rookie mini-camp on a tryout basis.

Brohm returned to the Locomotives for the 2012 season, serving once again as Clement's backup. He saw action beginning in the Week 3 game against the Sacramento Mountain Lions after an injury to Clement; his first play was an 80-yard touchdown pass.

Brohm was among the 78 players from both the Locomotives and Omaha Nighthawks who filed a class-action lawsuit against UFL majority owner Bill Hambrecht for unpaid salary after the 2012 season was cut short.

Hamilton Tiger-Cats[edit]

On April 16, 2013, Brohm agreed to terms with the Hamilton Tiger-Cats of the Canadian Football League.[5] Brohm spend the 2013 CFL season on the injured list; seeing no playing time during the regular season or playoffs.

Winnipeg Blue Bombers[edit]

On March 3, 2014, Brohm was traded to the Winnipeg Blue Bombers of the CFL in exchange for a conditional draft pick in the 2015 CFL Draft.[6]

Statistics[edit]

Trinity High School

Year GP GS C A  % Yds TD Int
2001 14 14 174 273 63.74% 3082 39 5
2002 15 15 226 335 67.46% 3777 47 1
2003 15 15 298 463 64.36% 3720 33 8
Career 44 44 698 1071 65.17% 10579 119 14

University of Louisville

Year GP GS C A  % YDS Avg. TD Lng Int Rating
2004 12 0 66 98 67.3% 819 8.4 6 74 2 153.7
2005 10 10 207 301 68.8% 2883 9.6 19 76 5 166.7
2006 11 11 199 313 63.6% 3049 9.7 16 75 5 159.1
2007 12 12 308 473 65.1% 4024 8.5 30 81 12 151.7
Career 45 33 780 1185 65.8% 10775 9.1 71 81 24 158.2

NFL

Year Team GP GS C A  % YDS Avg. TD LG INT FUM Rating
2008 Green Bay 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2009 Buffalo 2 1 17 29 58.6% 146 5.03 0 15 2 0 43.2
2010 Buffalo 1 1 10 23 43.5% 106 4.61 0 33 3 1 17.9

UFL

Year Team GP GS C A  % YDS Avg. TD INT Rating
2011 Las Vegas 1 0 10 19 52.6% 111 5.84 2 0 105.4
2012 Las Vegas 2 0 13 18 72.2% 177 9.83 1 0 121.8

CFL

Year Team GP GS C A  % YDS Avg. TD INT Rating
2013 Hamilton 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2014 Winnipeg 16 1 39 70 55.7% 454 6.49 0 1 69.9

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Sporting positions
Preceded by
Stefan LeFors
Louisville Cardinals quarterbacks
(2005-2007)
Succeeded by
Hunter Cantwell
Awards and achievements
Preceded by
Rasheed Marshall
Big East Offensive Player of the Year
2005
Succeeded by
Pat White