Ralph Brown (cornerback)

Last updated
Ralph Brown
No. 22, 33, 20
Position: Cornerback
Personal information
Born: (1978-09-16) September 16, 1978 (age 42)
Los Angeles, California
Height:5 ft 10 in (1.78 m)
Weight:185 lb (84 kg)
Career information
High school: Bishop Amat Memorial
(La Puente, California)
College: Nebraska
NFL Draft: 2000  / Round: 5 / Pick: 140
Career history
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics
Tackles:222
Passes Defended:31
Interceptions:6
Player stats at NFL.com
Player stats at PFR

Ralph Davis Brown II (born September 16, 1978) is a former American college and professional football player who was a cornerback in the National Football League (NFL) for ten seasons. He played college football for the University of Nebraska, and was a consensus All-American. He played professionally for the New York Giants, Minnesota Vikings, Cleveland Browns and Arizona Cardinals of the NFL.

Contents

Early years

Brown was born in Los Angeles, California. He attended Charles Bursch Elementary School in Baldwin Park, California as a child. He also attended Bishop Amat Memorial High School in La Puente, California, where he was listed as the second-best defensive back in the country by Blue Chip and named to the Dream Team. He was named to USA Today 's second-team All-America squad. He was seventh in the state in rushing with 2,246 yards on 311 carries and scored the game-winning touchdown in the Lancers' Division I championship win over Los Angeles' Loyola High in 1995. He earned CIF Southern Section Player of the Year and MVP, and the Los Angeles Times Back-of-the-Year honors, scoring 29 times, including a school-record 6 in one game. Defensively, he had 57 tackles and six interceptions. He also lettered three times in track.

College career

Brown attended the University of Nebraska, where he played for the Nebraska Cornhuskers football team from 1996 to 1999. He finished career with 143 tackles, including 88 solo and is third on the Cornhuskers career list with 11 interceptions and first with 253 interception return yards. Brown also set a school record with 50 pass deflections. He was recognized as a consensus first-team All-America, having been named to the first teams of Walter Camp, College Football News and the Sporting News as a senior in 1999. He was also a semifinalist for the Jim Thorpe Award, given to the top defensive back in the country. In 1997 and 1998, he was an All-Big Twelve Conference first team selection. Brown was then an All-American third-team pick by the Associated Press and College Football News in 1998. He became a member of the Big Twelve Commissioner's Academic Honor Roll in 1997. One of six true freshmen who saw action for the Huskers in 1996, but the only one who earned a starting role. Brown became the first position player at Nebraska to start his first game as a true freshman since World War II.

Professional career

He was drafted in the fifth round (140th overall) of the 2000 NFL Draft by the New York Giants. He played four seasons with the Giants from 2000–2003. In his first year Brown played in two games. He was inactive for the season opener vs. Arizona and saw his 1st NFL action at Philadelphia, playing only on special teams. His only action was on special teams at Chicago. He was forced to leave game in the 3rd quarter after taking a knee to the abdomen. Brown's injury was diagnosed as a laceration to the kidney. He was placed on season-ending injured reserve on October 2.

Next year played in eight games, with no starts and finished season with two assisted tackles on defense and five special teams tackles (4 solo).

2002 was his best year so far, he played in all 16 games, including his first two NFL starts, at St. Louis and at Washington. He was a reserve in NFC Wild Card game at San Francisco. He began the season as the dime (sixth) cornerback, but also played nickel corner. He finished with 25 tackles (19 solo), one interception, one fumble recovery, three passes defensed and eight special teams tackles (six solo).

In his last season with the Giants, Brown contributed in the secondary as a reserve and spot starter and on special teams, providing depth to the defensive backfield. He demonstrated nose for the ball on several key plays last season. Brown played in 11 games, starting seven. He missed three games with a shoulder injury and was assigned to injured reserve prior to Week 16 at Dallas. He finished the season with 41 tackles (28 solo), one sack, one forced fumble, two interceptions and one touchdown.

Brown also played for the Minnesota Vikings from 2004 to 2005, the Cleveland Browns in 2006, and the Arizona Cardinals from 2007 through 2009.

See also

Related Research Articles

Brian Dawkins American football safety

Brian Patrick Dawkins Sr. is a former American football safety who played 16 seasons in the National Football League (NFL), primarily with the Philadelphia Eagles. He played college football at Clemson and was drafted by the Eagles in the second round of the 1996 NFL Draft, whom he was a member of for 13 seasons. In his last three seasons, he played for the Denver Broncos. Dawkins was nicknamed "Weapon X" after the codename of the Marvel Comics character Wolverine for his reputation of relentless aggression on the field.

Grant Alden Wistrom is a former American college and professional football player who was a defensive end in the National Football League (NFL) for nine seasons. Wistrom played college football for the University of Nebraska and was a two-time All-American. He was drafted in the first round of the 1998 NFL Draft, and played professionally for the St. Louis Rams and Seattle Seahawks of the NFL.

Antrel Rolle American football defensive back

Antrel Rocelious Rolle is a former American football defensive back of the National Football League (NFL). He played college football at the University of Miami, where he was recognized as a unanimous All-American, and was drafted by the Arizona Cardinals eighth overall in the 2005 NFL Draft. Rolle also played for the Chicago Bears and New York Giants, winning Super Bowl XLVI with New York in 2011.

Kyle Vanden Bosch

Kyle Dale Vanden Bosch is a former American football defensive end who played over ten years in the National Football League (NFL). He played college football for the University of Nebraska, and was drafted by the Arizona Cardinals in the second round of the 2001 NFL Draft. He also played for the Tennessee Titans and Detroit Lions before retiring following the 2012 NFL season. He is currently a post game commentator for the Arizona Cardinals on 98.7 Arizona Sports Radio.

Ralph Everette "Pete" Hunter is a former professional American football defensive back who played in the National Football League for the Dallas Cowboys, Cleveland Browns and Seattle Seahawks. He played college football at Virginia Union University.

Tramon Williams American football cornerback

Tramon Vernell Williams Sr. is an American football cornerback who is a free agent. He played college football for Louisiana Tech, and was signed by the Houston Texans as an undrafted free agent in 2006. Williams spent much of his NFL career with the Green Bay Packers, playing with them from 2006 to 2014, and again in 2018, 2019 and 2020. He has also been a member of the Cleveland Browns, Arizona Cardinals, and Baltimore Ravens.

Terrell R. Thomas is a former American football cornerback. He played college football at USC. He was drafted by the New York Giants in the second round of the 2008 NFL Draft. He is also only the second player in NFL history, after linebacker Thomas Davis, to play a down in the league after suffering from three torn ACLs in the same knee.

Leon Hall American football cornerback

Leon Lastarza Hall is a former American football cornerback. He played college football for the University of Michigan, and earned consensus All-American honors. Hall was drafted by the Cincinnati Bengals in the first round of the 2007 NFL Draft and also played for the New York Giants, San Francisco 49ers, and Oakland Raiders.

Ray Horton American football player and coach

Raymond Anthony Horton is an American football coach and former player. He played college football at the University of Washington, and was drafted in the second round of the 1983 NFL Draft by the Cincinnati Bengals.

Stewart Bradley former American football linebacker

Stewart Harris Bradley is a former American football linebacker in the National Football League (NFL). He was drafted by the Philadelphia Eagles in the third round of the 2007 NFL Draft and also played for the Arizona Cardinals. He played college football at Nebraska.

William Gay (cornerback) American football cornerback

William Gay is an American football coach and former cornerback, who is the current defensive backs coach for the Missouri State Bears. He played college football for the University of Louisville for head coach Bobby Petrino from 2003 to 2006 before being drafted by the Pittsburgh Steelers in the fifth round of the 2007 NFL Draft. He would later win Super Bowl XLIII with the team over the Arizona Cardinals.

Zack Bowman American football cornerback

Zackary Bowman is a retired American football cornerback. He was drafted by the Chicago Bears in the fifth round of the 2008 NFL Draft. He played college football at Nebraska and New Mexico Military Institute. He has also played for the New York Giants and Miami Dolphins.

Janoris Jenkins American football cornerback

Janoris Jermain Jenkins, nicknamed "Jackrabbit", is an American football cornerback for the New Orleans Saints for the National Football League (NFL). He played college football for the University of North Alabama and University of Florida and was drafted by the St. Louis Rams in the second round of the 2012 NFL Draft. Jenkins also played four seasons for the New York Giants.

Prince Amukamara American football cornerback

Prince Kelechi Amukamara is an American football cornerback who is a free agent. He played college football for Nebraska, and earned unanimous All-American honors. He was drafted by the New York Giants in the first round of the 2011 NFL Draft, and was a member of the Giants' Super Bowl XLVI championship team as a rookie against his hometown team, the New England Patriots. Amukamara has also played for the Jacksonville Jaguars, Chicago Bears, Las Vegas Raiders, and Arizona Cardinals.

Jimmy Smith (cornerback) American football cornerback

James Michael Smith is an American football cornerback for the Baltimore Ravens of the National Football League (NFL). He was drafted by the Ravens with the 27th pick in the 2011 NFL Draft. He played college football at the University of Colorado.

Byron Maxwell American football player

Byron S. Maxwell is a former American football cornerback. He was drafted by the Seattle Seahawks in the sixth round of the 2011 NFL Draft, where he was a member of the Seahawks' defensive group known as the Legion of Boom. Maxwell has also played for the Philadelphia Eagles and Miami Dolphins. He played college football at Clemson.

Tyrann Mathieu American football safety

Tyrann Devine Mathieu, nicknamed "the Honey Badger" and "the Landlord", is an American football safety for the Kansas City Chiefs of the National Football League (NFL). He played college football for Louisiana State University (LSU). In college he developed a reputation for causing turnovers, setting a Southeastern Conference (SEC) record with 11 career forced fumbles and earning the nickname "Honey Badger." In his sophomore season, he was recognized as a consensus All-American, won the Chuck Bednarik Award as the best defensive player in college football, and was a finalist for the Heisman Trophy. Mathieu was dismissed from the LSU football program after that season due to a violation of team rules.

B. W. Webb

William Wilson "B. W." Webb Jr. is an American football cornerback who is a free agent. He played college football at William & Mary, and was drafted by the Dallas Cowboys in the fourth round of the 2013 NFL Draft. He also previously played for the Cincinnati Bengals, New York Giants, Cleveland Browns, Chicago Bears, New Orleans Saints, Tennessee Titans, Pittsburgh Steelers, and Arizona Cardinals.

Chidobe Awuzie American football cornerback

Chidobe Awuzie is an American football cornerback for the Dallas Cowboys of the National Football League (NFL). He played college football at the University of Colorado.

Quincy Wilson is an American football cornerback for the New York Giants of the National Football League (NFL). He played college football at the University of Florida.

References