Reggie Brown (linebacker)

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Reggie Brown
Date of birth (1974-09-28) September 28, 1974 (age 42)
Place of birth Austin, Texas
Career information
Position(s) Linebacker
College Texas A&M
NFL draft 1996 / Round: 1 / Pick: 17
Career history
As player
1996–1997 Detroit Lions
Career stats

Reginald Wayne "Reggie" Brown (born September 28, 1974) is a former American football linebacker in the National Football League. He played with the Detroit Lions for his short career, which ran throughout the 1996 and 1997 seasons.


Brown played college football for Texas A&M.

NFL career[edit]

Brown was selected 17th overall by the Detroit Lions in the 1996 NFL Draft. He had a short career, playing only 32 games. In his sophomore season, he recorded 2.5 sacks to go along with two interceptions, both of which went for touchdown returns.

In his final game, Brown suffered a spinal cord contusion while assisting on a tackle of New York Jets halfback Adrian Murrell in the closing game of the 1997 season, the same game that saw Barry Sanders cross the 2000-yard mark for the season.[1] 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.[2]

Post-NFL career[edit]

Brown is mobile and active. He is a manager for a motor vehicle dealership group in Austin, Texas, with his body feeling better than it has in years.[citation needed]