Eddie Brown (safety)

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Eddie Brown
No. 28, 25
Safety
Kick returner
Personal information
Date of birth: (1952-02-19) February 19, 1952 (age 62)
Place of birth: Jasper, Tennessee
Career information
College: Tennessee
NFL Draft: 1974 / Round: 8 / Pick: 199
Debuted in 1974
Last played in 1979
Career history
Career highlights and awards
  • Pro Bowl selection (1976-77)
  • Tennessee Sports Hall of Fame (2002)
Career NFL statistics
Interceptions 8
Kick return yards 1,957
Touchdowns 1
Stats at NFL.com

Paul Edward Brown (born February 19, 1952 in Jasper, Tennessee) is a former American football safety in the National Football League for the Cleveland Browns, the Washington Redskins, and the Los Angeles Rams. He played college football at the University of Tennessee.

Brown attended Marion County High School in Jasper and graduated in 1970. At the University of Tennessee, he was a safety and punt returner. In 1973, he was team captain as a senior and was a first team All-America selection by Football News.[1]

Brown was drafted by the Cleveland Browns in the eighth round of the 1974 NFL Draft. He was traded to the Washington Redskins during the 1975 season, and was an All-Pro and Pro Bowl selection during the 1976 and 1977 seasons. In 1976, he led the National Football League in punt return yardage with 646 and was second in yards per return at 13.5. He also had a 71-yard return for a touchdown that season. In 1977, he led the NFL in punt returns with 57. On October 9, 1977, his 11 punt returns against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers set an NFL single-game record.[2]

Traded to the Los Angeles Rams in 1978, Brown played that season and 1979 for the Rams.

In 1979 the Rams won the National Football Conference championship and played the Pittsburgh Steelers in Super Bowl XIV on January 20, 1980. Brown had an interception in the third quarter, but Pittsburgh won, 31-19.

Brown returned to professional football in 1983 with the Chicago Blitz of the United States Football League. He had six interceptions, including one returned for a touchdown, that season.[3] He played for the USFL's Arizona Wranglers in 1984 and had two interceptions USFL Site - 1984 United States Football Stats.

Brown was inducted into the Tennessee Sports Hall of Fame in 2002[citation needed].

References[edit]

  1. ^ UTSPORTS.COM - University of Tennessee Athletics - Football
  2. ^ Chick, Bob. "A Record To Kick About". St. Petersburg Evening Independent. 10 Oct 1977
  3. ^ USFL Site - 1983 United States Football League Stats