Ivory Lee Brown

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Ivory Lee Brown
No. 33
Position: Running back
Personal information
Date of birth: (1969-08-17) August 17, 1969 (age 47)
Place of birth: Palestine, Texas
Height: 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)
Weight: 230 lb (104 kg)
Career information
High school: Palestine (TX)
College: Arkansas–Pine Bluff
NFL Draft: 1991 / Round: 7 / Pick: 171
Career history
 * Offseason and/or practice squad member only
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics
Rushing yards: 194
Rushing average: 2.9
Rushing TDs: 2
Player stats at NFL.com

Ivory Lee Brown (born August 17, 1969)[1] is a former professional American football running back in the National Football League and World League of American Football. He played for the Phoenix Cardinals of the NFL[2] and the San Antonio Riders of the WLAF.[3] Brown is the uncle of Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson.[4][5][6]

College career[edit]

Brown was born in Palestine, Texas. He was a highly recruited running back, and as a senior in 1986, Brown rushed for 1800 yards and was the rated the second highest recruit in the state of Texas.[5][7] Brown originally intended to sign with Texas A&M University out of high school, but due to SAT problems, he attended Tyler Junior College instead.[8] While at junior college, Brown was recruited to the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff by head coach Archie "Gunslinger" Cooley.[7] Cooley had formerly coached NFL Hall of Famer Jerry Rice at Mississippi Valley State University, and had recently come to UAPB, which was an NAIA school at the time. In 1989, Brown's first season with the Golden Lions, he led the NAIA in rushing with 1,465 yards, averaging 8.3 yards per carry.[9]

Professional career[edit]


Brown was drafted by the Phoenix Cardinals in the seventh round (171st pick overall) of the 1991 NFL Draft. He was placed on the team's developmental squad, and did not see any playing time during his rookie season.[10]


The San Antonio Riders of the fledgling World League of American Football signed Ivory Lee Brown in 1992 to replace running back Ricky Blake, who had signed with the Dallas Cowboys at the conclusion of the 1991 season. Brown played with the Riders in 1992 and won the league's rushing title with 767 yards. Brown's efforts helped the Riders to a 7-3 record, and he was named first team All World League,[11][12] giving him an opportunity to return to the Cardinals for the 1992 NFL regular season.

Return to the NFL[edit]

Brown emerged as a potential starter due to running back Johnny Johnson's unexpected pre-season hold-out.[13] Brown played in seven games, starting five, during the 1992 NFL season, but did not make the Cardinals roster in 1993 and later retired.

See also[edit]

UAPB Golden Lions football


  1. ^ "Ivory Lee Brown." www.pro-football-reference.com. Retrieved June 15, 2011.
  2. ^ "Ivory Lee Brown." www.nfl.com. Retrieved June 15, 2011.
  3. ^ "Ivory Lee Brown Career Stats." The Football Database. www.footballdb.com. Retrieved June 15, 2011
  4. ^ "Adrian Peterson." www.jockbio.com. Retrieved May 29, 2013.
  5. ^ a b Stark, Shane. "Sons continue Brown's legacy in Palestine." www.etfinalscore.com, September 8, 2011. Retrieved June 14, 2013.
  6. ^ Loveless, Lee. "Palestine High School Wall of Honor: Richard Farris and Ivory Lee Brown." Palestine Herald-Press, July 20, 2014. Retrieved May 22, 2017.
  7. ^ a b Murphy, Austin. "Treasure Hunt." Sports Illustrated, September 3, 1990. SI Vault. Retrieved May 29, 2013.
  8. ^ "Tyler Junior College Sports Circle of Honor: Ivory Lee Brown (2013)." www.tjc.edu. Retrieved May 22, 2017.
  9. ^ "Football Regular Season Records." p. 9. www.naia.org. Retrieved October 20, 2012.
  10. ^ "1991 NFL Draft." www.databasefootball.com. Retrieved June 10, 2013.
  11. ^ "Ivory Lee Brown." Lee's Autograph Hall of Fame. www.leen8d.com. Retrieved October 20, 2012.
  12. ^ "1992 WLAF rushing leaders." www.footballdb.com. Retrieved January 29, 2012.
  13. ^ Associated Press."Johnny who? Ivory Lee Brown replacing holdout in backfield and in fans hearts." Kingman Daily Miner, August 30, 1992. Retrieved June 14, 2013.