Tim Brown was born on July 22, 1966, in Dallas, Texas, to Josephine and Eugene Brown. He was a child gifted in many areas, possessing athletic prowess as well as brains, dedication, and determination. During his high school years, he was an all-around outstanding student and athlete, and according to his NFL.com biography, was named a Prep All-American and was twice an All-District running back for Woodrow Wilson High School in Dallas.
Brown developed into a great leader, and by his senior season was the team captain in football, basketball, and track, as well as being the sports editor for the school paper. By the time he graduated, he had over 4,000 all-purpose yards and was a prodigy at returning punts and kickoffs for touchdowns.
Though Tim Brown is known today for his excellence on the football field, like many great athletes he could have easily gone to another sport. His NFL.com biography lists him as All-District guard in basketball his senior year, and his senior spring he set a district record with a 24 foot 3 inch long jump. He was also one of the fastest quarter-milers in the country.
Despite not having racked up many victories in high school football (in his last three years at Woodrow Wilson, the team won only four games), Brown chose to continue his football career at Notre Dame, where he became one of the most outstanding players in Notre Dame history.
While at the school he played for both Gerry Faust and Lou Holtz. His junior season he earned his national reputation as a standout player, hauling in 45 receptions for 910 yards and five touchdowns, rushing the ball fifty-nine times for two touchdowns. But Brown's speed and versatility transferred to special teams, as well, where, in his junior year he had twenty-five kickoff returns for 698 yards, averaging just under twenty-eight yards per return. In all, he averaged 176.1 yards per game, a school record.
He would be just as impressive in his senior season at Notre Dame, and by the time he left, he was regarded as one of "most explosive all-around talents in Notre Dame History," and culminating a phenomenal college career by winning the Heisman trophy (1987). He also won the Walter Camp Trophy, a Timmie award, and was the Sporting News College Football Player of the Year. Tim Brown's name tops the Notre Dame record books in many categories, among them receiving yardage, kickoff returns, and kickoffs and punts returned for touchdowns.