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Josh Brown (American football)

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Josh Brown
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Brown with the St. Louis Rams in 2010
No. 3 New York Giants
Position: Placekicker
Personal information
Date of birth: (1979-04-29) April 29, 1979 (age 37)
Place of birth: Tulsa, Oklahoma
Height: 6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)
Weight: 202 lb (92 kg)
Career information
High school: Foyil (OK)
College: Nebraska
NFL Draft: 2003 / Round: 7 / Pick: 222
Career history
 * Offseason and/or practice squad member only
Roster status: Active
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics as of 2015
Field goals made: 314
Field goals attempted: 375
Field goals %: 83.7
Long field goal: 58
Player stats at

Joshua Brown (born April 29, 1979) is an American football placekicker for the New York Giants of the National Football League (NFL). 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

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.

Professional career

Seattle Seahawks

Brown was drafted by the Seattle Seahawks with the 222nd overall pick in the 2003 NFL Draft. On October 5, 2003, In a game against the Green Bay Packers, Brown kicked a 58-yard field goal that is still the longest of his career.[1] On January 4, 2004, Brown made his postseason debut against the Green Bay Packers and kicked 2 field goals as well as all 3 PATs.[2] On October 10, 2004, After an injury to Tom Rouen, Brown punted for the first time in his career, a 35-yarder, against the St. Louis Rams.[3] On October 17, 2004, Brown kicked a career-high 4 field goals (33, 40, 28 and 31 yards) against the New England Patriots.[4] 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.[5][6]

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 Brown. On November 18, 2007, 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. On January 5, 2008, Brown kicked a 50-yard career-high postseason field goal in the NFC Wild Card Game against the Washington Redskins.[7]

St. Louis Rams

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. This 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 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.[8]

On October 12, 2008, Brown kicked 4 field goals, including the game-winning 49-yarder as time expired against Washington Redskins.[9][10] On November 1, 2009, Brown threw a 36-yard touchdown pass to tight end Daniel Fells with 54 seconds remaining in the 1st half against the Detroit Lions.[11] On August 13, 2011, Brown made a 60-yard field goal in a preseason game against the Indianapolis Colts.[12] Had it been a regular season game, it would have recorded as a career long, but in preseason games stats are not recorded. 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.[13]

New York Jets

Brown was signed by the New York Jets on May 1, 2012 to compete with incumbent Nick Folk.[14] Brown was released by the team on August 27, 2012.

Cincinnati Bengals

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.[15]

New York Giants

Brown signed with the New York Giants on March 13, 2013. In his first season, he went 23/26 in field goals and 31/31 in extra points. On December 22, 2013, Brown kicked a game-winning 45-yarder in overtime against the Detroit Lions.[16][17] On December 27, 2013, Brown kicked a career-high 5 field goals (40, 44, 33, 46, and 27 yards) against the Philadelphia Eagles.[18]

In 2014 Brown signed a two-year, $2.6 million contract with the Giants. In his second season with the team, Brown went 24/26 in field goals and converted all 44 of his extra points. On December 6, 2015, Brown missed the game-winning field goal against the New York Jets in overtime.[19] In 2015, Brown was 27/29 in field goals and 41/42 in extra points.[20] Brown was selected to the 2016 Pro Bowl in his 13th NFL season after Stephen Gostkowski declined to participate.

After the 2015 season, Brown became a free agent. On April 18, 2016, it was announced that Brown re-signed with the Giants.[21] Brown reportedly received a two-year, $4 million deal.[22] On August 17, 2016, Brown was suspended one game by the NFL for violating the NFL's conduct policy. Brown released a statement saying "while I do not agree with the suspension, I will accept it. I have exhausted the appeals process and have no other options along those lines."[23][24] The next day, Brown confirmed that the suspension stems from a domestic violence charge in 2015.[25]

Personal life

Brown was arrested on a fourth-degree domestic violence charge on May 22, 2015 in Woodinville, Washington. According to the police report, the victim alleged that Brown grabbed her wrist while she was picking up a phone. The victim dialed 911 and alleged an assault. The police report states the victim's wrist had "redness" "and a small cut, possibly from a fingernail." On May 27, 2015, five days after the arrest, the charges were dropped by a prosecutor, according to a Washington state district court.[26] Including the May 22 incident, at least eight physical assaults were reported to the police and twenty more were detailed with the King County Sheriff's Office.[27]

Brown is a Christian.[28]


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  2. ^ "Josh Brown: Game Logs at". Retrieved 2016-02-04. 
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  4. ^ "Watch Seattle Seahawks vs. St. Louis Rams [11/14/2004] -". Retrieved 2016-02-04. 
  5. ^ "Cowboys vs. Seahawks - Box Score - October 23, 2005 - ESPN". Retrieved 2016-02-04. 
  6. ^ "Cowboys vs. Seahawks - Game Recap - October 23, 2005 - ESPN". Retrieved 2016-02-04. 
  7. ^ "Redskins vs. Seahawks - Box Score - January 5, 2008 - ESPN". Retrieved 2016-02-04. 
  8. ^ Farnsworth, Clare (September 17, 2008). "Ex-Seahawk Brown unsure if he'll get jeers, cheers". Seattle Post-Intelligencer. 
  9. ^ "Rams vs. Redskins - Box Score - October 12, 2008 - ESPN". Retrieved 2016-02-04. 
  10. ^ Associated Press (2008-10-12), Rams Upset Redskins on Late Field Goal, retrieved 2016-02-04 
  11. ^ "Rams vs. Lions - Box Score - November 1, 2009 - ESPN". Retrieved 2016-02-04. 
  12. ^ "Watch Indianapolis Colts vs. St. Louis Rams [08/13/2011] -". Retrieved 2016-02-04. 
  13. ^ "St. Louis Rams to release veteran kicker Josh Brown - ESPN". Retrieved 2014-02-13. 
  14. ^ 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. 
  15. ^ Sessler, Marc (2012-12-06). "Josh Brown signed by kicker-needy Cincinnati Bengals". National Football League. Retrieved 2012-12-06. 
  16. ^ "Giants vs. Lions - Game Recap - December 22, 2013 - ESPN". Retrieved 2016-02-04. 
  17. ^ "Watch New York Giants vs. Detroit Lions [12/22/2013] -". Retrieved 2016-02-04. 
  18. ^ "Giants vs. Eagles - Game Recap - October 27, 2013 - ESPN". Retrieved 2016-02-04. 
  19. ^ Kratch, James (December 6, 2015). "Josh Brown misses game-tying FG attempt as Giants collapse in 4th quarter, lose to Jets in OT Rapid Reaction". Retrieved August 18, 2016. 
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  21. ^ Eisen, Michael (April 18, 2016). "New York Giants sign Kicker Josh Brown". Retrieved April 18, 2016. 
  22. ^ Vacchiano, Ralph (April 18, 2016). "Kicker Josh Brown expected to sign two-year deal with Giants". New York Daily News. Retrieved April 18, 2016. 
  23. ^ Pennington, Bill (August 18, 2016). "Giants Kicker Josh Brown Suspended for Season Opener". The New York Times. Retrieved August 18, 2016. 
  24. ^ "Kicker Josh Brown suspended for first game of season". August 17, 2016. Retrieved August 18, 2016. 
  25. ^ Raanan, Jordan (August 18, 2016). "Suspension for Giants kicker Josh Brown stems from 2015 domestic violence charge". Retrieved August 18, 2016. 
  26. ^ Kratch, James (August 18, 2016). "Domestic violence charge against Giants' Josh Brown was dropped, court says". Retrieved August 18, 2016. 
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  28. ^ "Super Bowl worship gains momentum". [dead link]

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