Ted Brown (American football)

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Ted Brown
No. 23
Running back
Personal information
Date of birth: (1957-02-15) February 15, 1957 (age 58)
Place of birth: High Point, North Carolina
Career information
College: North Carolina State
NFL Draft: 1979 / Round: 1 / Pick: 16
Debuted in 1979 for the Minnesota Vikings
Last played in 1986 for the Minnesota Vikings
Career history
Career NFL statistics
Rushing yards 4,546
Rushing average 4.1
Rushing TDs 40
Stats at NFL.com
Stats at pro-football-reference.com

Thomas Edward "Ted" Brown (born February 15, 1957) is a former American college and professional football player who was a running back in the National Football League (NFL) for eight seasons during the late 1970s and 1980s. Brown played college football for North Carolina State University, where he was recognized as an All-American. He was a first-round pick in the 1979 NFL Draft, and played professionally for the NFL's Minnesota Vikings. Brown's son, J. T. is currently a forward with the NHL's Tampa Bay Lightning.

Early years[edit]

Brown was born in High Point, North Carolina. He attended T. Wingate Andrews High School.

College career[edit]

By the time Brown graduated from North Carolina State University in 1978 he had set the Atlantic Coast Conference career rushing record with 4,602 yards and the single game rushing record with 251 yards against Penn State in 1977. He was an All-ACC pick for all four years in college and a consensus All-American in 1978.[1] In 2013, Ted Brown was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame. [2]

Professional career[edit]

The Minnesota Vikings chose Brown in the first round (sixteenth pick overall) of the 1979 NFL Draft, and he played for the Vikings from 1979 to 1986.

In December of 1981, Brown accidentally shot himself while handling a loaded revolver. The injury required surgery to remove bullet and wood fragments from his upper thigh. There was a question of whether he would be able continue his career in football.[3]

Brown was inducted into the North Carolina Sports Hall of Fame in 1995.