Zach Brown

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Zach Brown
No. 53 Buffalo Bills
Position: Linebacker
Personal information
Date of birth: (1989-10-23) October 23, 1989 (age 26)
Place of birth: Beaufort, South Carolina
Height: 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)
Weight: 250 lb (113 kg)
Career information
High school: Columbia (MD) Wilde Lake
College: North Carolina
NFL draft: 2012 / Round: 2 / Pick: 52
Career history
Career highlights and awards
  • First-team All-ACC (2011)
Career NFL statistics as of Week 17, 2015
Tackles: 261
Sacks: 10
Forced fumbles: 2
Interceptions: 6
Touchdowns: 2
Player stats at

Zachary Brown (born October 23, 1989) is an American football linebacker for the Buffalo Bills of the National Football League (NFL). He played college football at University of North Carolina and was drafted by the Tennessee Titans in the second round of the 2012 NFL Draft.

Early years[edit]

Track and field[edit]

Brown was a standout football, wrestling and track athlete at Columbia (MD) Wilde Lake. In track, he captured the state class 3-A title in the 100 meters, with a time of 10.67 seconds, and in the 200 meters, with a time of 21.52 seconds, becoming the first player in school history to win a state title in track. Brown graduated from Wilde Lake in 2007.

Brown also ran track and field at the North Carolina Tar Heels, where he recorded a personal best time of 6.72 seconds in the 60 meters. He also competed in the 200 meters, posting a best season time of 21.75 seconds.

Brown was also known because of his unusual size (6 ft 2 in and 248 lb) and speed for a linebacker, he also recorded a time of 4.28 seconds time in the 40-yard dash while he was at the North Carolina Tar Heels.


Brown is also an accomplished High School wrestler, finishing his senior season with state, region and county championships in the 215 lb weight class. He was undefeated in his senior year with a record of 25-0. Brown finished his junior year with a record of 30-1 as a state runner-up and county and region champion, with his lone loss coming to two time state champion John Holloway of Magruder High School. As a freshman, Brown was a county runner-up in the 171 lb weight class and took third in his region. He did not place in the state tournament, finishing his freshman year with a record of 23-6.

College career[edit]

Brown graduated from the North Carolina Tar Heels in 2011. Brown spent his freshman year as a reserve linebacker and contributing to special teams. Next year, Brown started six games at weakside linebacker and competed on the track team. As a junior Brown placed second on the team at tackles and was captain of the special teams unit despite starting five games. In his senior year Zach performed 62 tackles and 3 interceptions as well as 5 1/2 sacks.

Professional career[edit]

2012 NFL Combine[edit]

Pre-draft measurables
Ht Wt 40-yd dash 10-yd split 20-yd split 20-ss 3-cone Vert Broad BP
6 ft 1 in 244 lb 4.44 s 1.52 s 2.55 s 4.32 s 7.26 s 35 in 9 ft 8 in 22 reps
All values from NFL Combine

Tennessee Titans[edit]

Brown was drafted in the 2nd round as the 52nd pick by the Tennessee Titans.[1][2][3]

In the Titans final regular season game of the 2012 season, Brown returned two interceptions for touchdowns.[4]

Buffalo Bills[edit]

On April 4, 2016, Brown signed a one-year deal with the Buffalo Bills.[5]


  1. ^ Metcalf, Andrew (2012-08-31). "Columbia's Brown Shedding Stigma, May Start for Titans - Columbia, MD Patch". Retrieved 2012-09-17. 
  2. ^ September 14, 2012 (2009-10-31). "Tennessee Titans prepare Linebackers for San Diego Chargers in case sprain keeps Colin McCarthy sidelined » Clarksville, TN Online". Retrieved 2012-09-17. 
  3. ^ "Tennessee Titans 2012 Season Preview". Fox News. Retrieved 2012-09-17. 
  4. ^
  5. ^ "Zach Brown signs one-year deal with Bills". April 4, 2016. Retrieved April 6, 2016. 

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