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Tim Brown

Loyalty In The Face Of Adversity

In this day and age it is impressive for one player to remain with the same team for his whole career. But Tim Brown doesn't appear to be the average NFL player. He doesn't jump to the next best offer, choosing instead to bide his time as he seeks the coveted Super Bowl Ring. During his career he has had substantial offers from the Denver Broncos and the Dallas Cowboys. But Brown remains faithful to his club, even though he often thinks he's not utilized enough—a feeling recently brought to the surface when the Raiders acquired Jerry Rice from the 49ers. Sports Illustrated noted that "while other receivers of his caliber have game plans built around them, [Brown] has been, for much of his career… someone to go to in case of emergency." He doesn't like feeling like a last-chance guy, and though his numbers don't indicate that this is the case, some of the maneuverings of the front office suggest otherwise.

Career Statistics

Receiving Rushing Fumbles
Yr Team REC YDS AVG TD ATT YDS AVG TD FUM LST
LA: Los Angeles Raiders; OAK: Oakland Raiders.
1988 LA 43 725 16.9 5 14 50 3.6 1 5 0
1989 LA 1 8 8.0 0 0 0 0.0 0 1 0
1990 LA 18 165 14.7 3 0 0 0.0 0 3 0
1991 LA 36 554 15.4 5 5 16 3.2 0 1 0
1992 LA 49 693 14.1 7 3 -4 -1.3 0 6 0
1993 LA 80 1180 14.8 7 2 7 3.5 0 1 0
1994 LA 89 1309 14.7 9 0 0 0.0 0 1 1
1995 OAK 89 1342 15.1 10 0 0 0.0 0 0 0
1996 OAK 90 1104 12.3 9 6 35 5.8 0 1 1
1997 OAK 104 1408 13.5 5 5 19 3.8 0 1 1
1998 OAK 81 1012 12.5 9 1 -7 -7.0 0 3 0
1999 OAK 90 1344 14.9 6 1 4 4.0 0 0 0
2000 OAK 76 1128 14.8 11 3 12 4.0 0 0 0
2001 OAK 91 1165 12.8 9 4 39 9.8 0 0 0
2002 OAK 81 930 11.5 2 6 19 3.2 0 0 0
TOTAL 1018 14167 13.9 97 50 190 3.8 1 27 3

Though he has weathered some rocky times with the Raiders franchise and club owner Al Davis, Brown seems to have come through the adversity a stronger and more devoted Raider. Nancy Gay wrote in Sports Illustrated that Brown "remains an anomaly in the transient world of today's NFL." Brown wants a Super Bowl victory. His team has made it into the AFC playoffs with the best record in the league. "I just didn't want to be known as the guy who ran out of the burning house and left everybody behind," he told Sports Illustrated. His loyalty may yet pay off.

Awards and Accomplishments

1983 Voted high school All-American at Woodrow Wilson High School
1986 Voted consensus All-American
1987 Winner of United Press International and The Sporting News and Football News College Player of the Year; voted a consensus All-American
1987 Named College Player of the Year by the Walter Camp Foundation
1987 Named winner of Heisman Trophy
1990 Selected to Pro Bowl for 1st time
2002 Selected to 10th Pro Bowl

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