Brown was selected 17th overall by the Detroit Lions in the 1996 NFL Draft. He had a rather short career, playing only 32 games. In his sophomore season he recorded 2.5 sacks to go along with 2 interceptions, both of which went for touchdown returns.
In his final game, Brown suffered a spinal cordcontusion while assisting on a tackle of New York JetshalfbackAdrian Murrell in the closing game of 1997 season, the same game that saw Barry Sanders cross the 2000 yard mark for the season. He lay motionless for 17 minutes on the turf at the Pontiac Silverdome, briefly losing consciousness. CPR saved his life, and emergency surgery saved him from using a wheelchair for the rest of his life.