Reggie Brown (linebacker)

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Reggie Brown
No. 59
Position: Linebacker
Personal information
Date of birth: (1974-09-28) September 28, 1974 (age 42)
Place of birth: Austin, Texas
Height: 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)
Weight: 241 lb (109 kg)
Career information
College: Texas A&M
NFL Draft: 1996 / Round: 1 / Pick: 17
Career history
Career NFL statistics
GP / GS: 26 / 26
Sacks: 2.5
Interceptions: 2
Player stats at PFR

Reginald Dwayne Brown (born September 28, 1974) is a former American football linebacker in the National Football League (NFL). He was drafted in the first round (17th overall) of the 1996 NFL Draft by the Detroit Lions. He played college football at Texas A&M.

Brown suffered a spinal cord contusion in the final game of the 1997 season. The injury nearly left him paralyzed and ended his professional football career.


Brown played college football for Texas A&M.

Professional career[edit]

Brown was selected 17th overall by the Detroit Lions in the 1996 NFL Draft. He had a short career, playing only 26 games. In his second 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 final game of the 1997 season, the same game that saw Barry Sanders cross the 2,000-yard mark for the season.[1] He lay motionless for 17 minutes on the turf at the Pontiac Silverdome, briefly losing consciousness, with CPR saving his life.[2] Emergency surgery saved him from using a wheelchair for the rest of his life.[3]

Post-football 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]


  1. ^ "Lions 13, Jets 10, Sanders' Big Dy Tempered By Crisis, His 2,000 yards, Brown hurts neck". December 22, 1997. Retrieved January 24, 2017. 
  2. ^ George, Thomas (December 23, 1997). "PRO FOOTBALL; Lions' Brown Undergoes Surgery". Retrieved January 24, 2017. 
  3. ^ "Add loss of Corey Smith to list of Lions' tragedies".