Guy Brown

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Guy Brown
No. 59
Position: Linebacker
Personal information
Date of birth: (1955-06-01) June 1, 1955 (age 62)
Place of birth: Palestine, Texas
Height: 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m)
Weight: 223 lb (101 kg)
Career information
High school: Palestine (TX)
College: Houston
NFL Draft: 1977 / Round: 4 / Pick: 108
Career history
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics
Games played: 85
Player stats at NFL.com
Player stats at PFR

Guy Brown, III (born June 1, 1955) is a former American football linebacker in the National Football League for the Dallas Cowboys. He played college football at the University of Houston.

Early years[edit]

Brown attended Palestine High School, where he only played one year of high school football. He accepted a football scholarship from the University of Houston.

As a freshman he played at tight end and defensive end. He was injured during most of his sophomore (knee) and junior (shoulder) seasons. As a senior, he focused on playing the "standup" defensive end position.

Professional career[edit]

Brown was selected by the Dallas Cowboys in the fourth round (108th overall) of the 1977 NFL Draft, who saw him as an above average athlete and wanted to play him at outside linebacker. As a rookie, he was considered the fastest defensive player on the team and also set the rookie power clean lift record of 315 pounds.

In 1979, he was slowed by a groin injury. In 1980, he had a chance to earn the starting strongside linebacker job after Thomas "Hollywood" Henderson was waived, but he was passed over by Mike Hegman.[1] Hegman dislocated his elbow in the wild card playoff game against the Los Angeles Rams, which gave him a chance to start in the next two playoff games. He was one of the core special teams players during his first 4 seasons.

The next year, Hegman fractured his arm in the season opener, giving Brown the chance to start six games at strongside linebacker.

In 1982, Brown would eventually earn the weakside linebacker full-time starter job, when D. D. Lewis retired.

After experiencing recurring neck problems and visiting with doctors,[2] he was subsequently diagnosed with a narrow spinal column condition (cervical spinal stenosis), which forced him to announce his early retirement on July 11, 1983.[3] He was replaced in the starting lineup with Anthony Dickerson.

Personal life[edit]

Brown was the oldest son in a family of 10 siblings. He works in the fire protection industry and founded the company Guy Brown Fire & Safety, Inc. in 1982.[4]

He was one of the plaintiffs in a class action lawsuit against the National Football League, alleging that it failed to adequately respond to the serious health risks posed by concussions and other repeated head traumas suffered during games.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Cowboys bank on untested Brown". Retrieved April 30, 2017. 
  2. ^ "Brown Awaits Test Findings". Retrieved April 30, 2017. 
  3. ^ "Cincinnati sacks Lindy Infante; Brown says lawsuit may follow". Retrieved April 30, 2017. 
  4. ^ "Guy Brown Biography". Retrieved April 30, 2017.