Josh Brown (American football)

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Josh Brown
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At a game with the St. Louis Rams in November 2010.
No. 3     New York Giants
Placekicker
Personal information
Date of birth: (1979-04-29) April 29, 1979 (age 35)
Place of birth: Tulsa, Oklahoma
Height: 6 ft 0 in (1.83 m) Weight: 202 lb (92 kg)
Career information
College: Nebraska
NFL Draft: 2003 / Round: 7 / Pick: 222h
Debuted in 2003 for the Seattle Seahawks
Career history
*Offseason and/or practice squad member only
Roster status: Active
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics as of 2013
Field Goals Made 254
Field Goals Attempted 310
Field Goals % 81.9
Long Field Goal 58
Stats at NFL.com

Joshua Brown (born April 29, 1979) is an American football placekicker for the New York Giants of the National Football League. He was drafted by the Seattle Seahawks in the seventh round of the 2003 NFL Draft. He played college football at Nebraska.

Brown has also played for the St. Louis Rams, New York Jets and Cincinnati Bengals.

Early years[edit]

Brown was born in Tulsa, Oklahoma. He began his football career after his family moved from Tulsa when he was in eighth-grade and he subsequently attended Foyil High School. Brown then became a running back, safety, punter, placekicker, kickoff returner, and punt returner. He made a 61-yard field goal in the state playoffs in 1996. He also ran for 1,891 yards and scored 51 touchdowns that season and finished his Foyil High School career with 9,136 all-purpose yards and 122 scores.

He was a four-year letterman in both football and track and earned three basketball letters. A two-time Class A state champion in the high jump, he jumped 6;ft 8 in (2.03 m) to win the Oklahoma state title in the high jump in 1997 and 1998. He qualified for the state finals in the 100 meter and 200 meter dashes.

College career[edit]

He was the kicker for the Nebraska Cornhuskers. He finished third on Nebraska’s all-time scoring list with 315 points, topped only by Kris Brown (388, 1995–98) and Eric Crouch (368 points, 1998–2001). As a senior, All-Big 12 Conference first-team selection by the league’s coaches and The Kansas City Star, adding second-team honors from the Associated Press after leading the team in scoring with 88 points, connecting on 14 of 18 field goals (77.8%) and all 46 extra-point attempts. Named Big 12 Special Teams Player of the Week versus Arizona State. Appeared in 10 games as a junior scoring 64 points (third on the team), making 10 of 14 field goals and 34 of 37 extra-point attempts. Had a pair of conversions versus Miami in the Rose Bowl. Scored 75 points during sophomore season and was successful on five of 10 field goals and set a school record with 60 consecutive extra points. Booted a 51-yarder and set an NCAA bowl record as he connected on all nine extra-point attempts versus Northwestern in the Alamo Bowl. Took over placekicking chores freshman year, connecting on 14 of 20 field goals and 46 of 47 extra points as he scored 88 points. Redshirted as a freshman.

He majored in communications.

Professional career[edit]

Seattle Seahawks[edit]

Josh Brown was drafted by the Seattle Seahawks with the 222nd overall pick in the 2003 NFL Draft.

On October 23, 2005 while playing against the Dallas Cowboys he made two field goals over 50 yards: a 55 yarder and a 50 yarder as time expired to win the game.

On October 15, 2006, he kicked a 54-yard game-winning field goal while time ran out against the St. Louis Rams to win the game 30-28. Although it would have been a 49 yard kick, Seattle was called for an illegal formation penalty. Unlike a false start penalty there was no 10-second run-off so Brown still had a chance to kick, albeit from 54 yards out. On November 27, 2006, he tied his career best by kicking four field goals in a snowy Monday Night Football game against the Green Bay Packers, with all four field goals made in the first half. On December 3, 2006, Brown kicked a 51-yard field goal to win the game against the Denver Broncos, making it his fourth game winning kick in the last minute in the 2006 season.

On February 22, 2007, the Seattle Seahawks used their franchise tag on Josh Brown. On November 18, 2007, Josh Brown made highlights by tackling and nearly stripping the ball from Pro Bowl kick returner Devin Hester of the Chicago Bears during a third-quarter kickoff.

St. Louis Rams[edit]

Brown kicks a field goal during a game against the San Francisco 49ers on November 16, 2008.

On February 29, 2008, Brown signed with the St. Louis Rams who made him the NFL's highest paid kicker at the time. The Seahawks had offered comparable money, but with an extra year and back loaded the whole deal. Which also would have made Brown the highest paid kicker, but he took offense to the fact that the Seahawks' contract was something Brown got offered after visiting the St. Louis Rams. In an interview on Seattle sports radio station KJR 950 Brown stated that he had not wanted to be a "slave to the businessman," a statement that was ridiculed by Seattle media and fans.[1] On August 13, 2011 Josh made a 60-yard field goal in a preseason game against the Colts. Had it been a regular season game, it would have recorded as a career long, but in preseason games stats do not record.

The Rams cut him in April 2012 in preparation for drafting Greg Zuerlein in the 2012 NFL Draft. He was in the final year of his $14.2 million 5-year deal with the Rams.[2]

New York Jets[edit]

Brown was signed by the New York Jets on May 1, 2012 to compete with incumbent Nick Folk.[3] Brown was released by the team on August 27, 2012.

Cincinnati Bengals[edit]

Brown was signed by the Cincinnati Bengals on December 6, 2012 due to an injury to Mike Nugent. Brown beat out Neil Rackers and Billy Cundiff for the job. On December 23, 2012 Brown kicked the game winning field goal against the Pittsburgh Steelers to send the Bengals to their first back to back playoff berths since the 1981–1982 seasons.[4]

New York Giants[edit]

Brown signed with the New York Giants on March 13, 2013.

Other work[edit]

During his time with the Seahawks, Brown hosted his own TV show on Fox Sports Net. A running segment on the show was called "Can you kick it?" where fans attempted to kick a variety of odd items and then Josh reviews their efforts.

During his time with the Seahawks, Brown had a relationship with Seattle radio station KMPS, particularly the morning show Ichabod Caine and the Waking Crew. He would often guest host along with KMPS radio personality Randy Scott in Ichabod Caine's absence.

Brown had lost a friend to cystic fibrosis, which led him to establish The Josh Brown Giving Project. Its mission is to "help improve the quality of life for our youth, increase physical activity and to assure the development for the means to find a cure and control cystic fibrosis."

Brown had a cameo in the 2010 film Jackass 3D, where he kicked a football at Preston Lacy.

Personal life[edit]

Brown is a Christian.[5]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Farnsworth, Clare (September 17, 2008). "Ex-Seahawk Brown unsure if he'll get jeers, cheers". Seattle Post-Intelligencer. 
  2. ^ "St. Louis Rams to release veteran kicker Josh Brown - ESPN". espn.go.com. Retrieved 2014-02-13. 
  3. ^ Star-Ledger Staff (1 May 2012). "Jets sign free agent kicker Josh Brown to compete with Nick Folk". The Star-Ledger. Archived from the original on 1 May 2012. Retrieved 1 May 2012. 
  4. ^ Sessler, Marc (2012-12-06). "Josh Brown signed by kicker-needy Cincinnati Bengals". National Football League. Retrieved 2012-12-06. 
  5. ^ "Super Bowl worship gains momentum". 

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