Dave Brown (cornerback)

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Dave Brown
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Position: Cornerback
Personal information
Date of birth: (1953-01-16)January 16, 1953
Place of birth: Akron, Ohio
Date of death: January 10, 2006(2006-01-10) (aged 52)
Place of death: Lubbock, Texas
Career information
College: Michigan
NFL draft: 1975 – 1st round – 26th pick
Career history
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics
Interceptions: 62
INT yards: 698
Touchdowns: 5
Stats at NFL.com

David Steven Brown (January 16, 1953 – January 10, 2006) was an American cornerback in the National Football League for the Pittsburgh Steelers (1975), Seattle Seahawks (1976–86) and Green Bay Packers (1987–89).

Early life[edit]

Born in Akron, Ohio, Brown's football career started at Akron's Garfield High School when he was 17 and continued on to the University of Michigan, where he was selected three times to the All-Big Ten team and was a unanimous All-American his senior year. He was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame in 2007.

NFL career[edit]

Brown's NFL career began promisingly, as he played a part in the Steelers' championship team of 1975. The following spring, Brown was chosen by the Seahawks in their expansion draft. He spent ten years with the team, setting numerous franchise records. A cornerback, Brown tied an NFL record with two interception returns for touchdowns in a single game (4 November 1984 vs. the Kansas City Chiefs). He was selected to the Pro Bowl following the 1984 season.

After retirement[edit]

After leaving the Seahawks in 1986, he played three more years with the Packers, finally retiring in 1990. His sixty two career interceptions ranked seventh all-time at his retirement, and his fifty interceptions for Seattle remains the team record. He was elected to Seattle's elite "Ring of Honor" in 1992, and that same year he returned to the Seahawks as their defensive backs coach, a position he held until 1998. In 2000, he was named to his alma mater Michigan's All-Century team. In 2001 Brown was hired as the defensive backs coach for Texas Tech University in Lubbock. During his tenure the Red Raiders would go on to beat Clemson 55-15 in the 2002 Tangerine Bowl, beat Navy 38-14 in the 2003 Houston Bowl, beat California in the 45-31 in the 2004 Holiday Bowl and lose to Alabama 13-10 in the 2006 Cotton Bowl Classic.


On January 10, 2006, Brown died in Lubbock after suffering an apparent heart attack while playing basketball with his son, just six days shy of his fifty-third birthday.[1]


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