Brandon Browner

American football player (born 1984)

American football player
Brandon Browner
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Browner with the Seahawks in 2011
No. 37, 39
Personal information
Born: (1984-08-02) August 2, 1984 (age 39)
Los Angeles, California, U.S.
Height:6 ft 4 in (1.93 m)
Weight:221 lb (100 kg)
Career information
High school:Sylmar (Sylmar, California)
College:Oregon State
Career history
  • Denver Broncos (2005)
  • Calgary Stampeders (2006–2010)
  • Seattle Seahawks (2011–2013)
  • New England Patriots (2014)
  • New Orleans Saints (2015)
  • Seattle Seahawks (2016)*
 * Offseason and/or practice squad member only
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics
Total tackles:218
Forced fumbles:3
Fumble recoveries:2
Pass deflections:57
Defensive touchdowns:2
Career CFL statistics
Games played:68
Total tackles:196
Forced fumbles:8
Player stats at PFR ·

Brandon Kemar Browner[1] (born August 2, 1984) is an American former professional football player. He played as a cornerback in the National Football League (NFL) and Canadian Football League (CFL). He played college football for the Oregon State Beavers before signing with the Denver Broncos as an undrafted free agent in 2005. Browner spent four seasons with the Calgary Stampeders of the CFL, where he was a three-time CFL All-Star and won a Grey Cup championship in 2008 before signing with the Seattle Seahawks before the 2011 season. After winning the Super Bowl with Seattle in 2013 and the New England Patriots in 2014, Browner became one of the few players to win two consecutive Super Bowls as a member of two teams. Browner is a convicted felon and is serving 8 years in prison for attempted murder.

Browner was a founding member of the Seahawks Legion of Boom defense. In 2011 he led the Seahawks with six interceptions and made the only Pro Bowl of his career.

Early life

Browner was a Prep Star West All-Region and All-Valley Mission League selection at Sylmar High School (northern area of Los Angeles) as a senior. He also earned Mission League MVP honors. As a junior, Browner played at James Monroe High School in North Hills, Los Angeles. During his prep career, he competed as a receiver where he accounted for 1,726 career yards and 24 touchdowns, and on defense as a cornerback where he recorded 16 career interceptions. As a senior, he also returned three punts for touchdowns. Browner also lettered in track and field at James Monroe, competing in the high jump, triple jump and 200 meters.

College career

Browner played in college for Oregon State University. Browner redshirted in 2002 at Oregon State. He then went on to start in every game he played in for the Beavers. Browner was named to the Freshman All-America teams by the Football Writers Association and The Sporting News in 2003. He was chosen Pac-10 Conference Freshman of the Year and was a member of the All-Pac-10 second-team. He ranked ninth in the nation with six interceptions and recorded 43 tackles (37 solo) with six pass breakups, two forced fumbles and three stops for losses as a redshirt freshman. He helped the program weather the 2002 departures of Dennis Weathersby, Calvin Carlyle and Terrell Roberts.

Browner added All-America and All-Pac-10 Conference honors from The NFL Draft Report in 2004. Lining up at right cornerback, he regularly faced the opponent's top receiver. Browner recorded 44 tackles (37 solo) with a sack, nine pass deflections and a blocked kick in 2004. He finished his two-year collegiate career with 87 tackles (74 solo), a 2-yard sack, five stops for losses of 16 yards, two forced fumbles, 15 pass deflections, six interceptions for 74 yards in returns, and a touchdown.

Professional career

Pre-draft measurables
Height Weight Arm length Hand span 40-yard dash 10-yard split 20-yard split 20-yard shuttle Three-cone drill Vertical jump Broad jump Bench press
6 ft 3+12 in
(1.92 m)
221 lb
(100 kg)
32+34 in
(0.83 m)
9+18 in
(0.23 m)
4.68 s 1.67 s 2.77 s 4.24 s 7.20 s 36.5 in
(0.93 m)
10 ft 3 in
(3.12 m)
13 reps
All values from NFL Combine[2][3]

Denver Broncos

Browner was signed as an undrafted free agent by the Denver Broncos in 2005. However, Browner fractured his left forearm August 20 against San Francisco, was placed on injured reserve on August 25, 2005, and he missed the entire 2005 season before being waived on July 24, 2006.

Calgary Stampeders

Browner signed with the Calgary Stampeders in 2006. His speed and competitive effort made him a fan favorite in his time with the team. He won the 2008 Grey Cup with Calgary and was named a CFL All-Star for the season. Browner was also selected to the CFL All-Star team after the 2009 season.

Seattle Seahawks (first stint)

Browner signed with the Seattle Seahawks and started every game of the 2011 season. Highlights of that season included a Seattle-record 94-yard interception return against the New York Giants in a Week 5 victory and two interceptions in a win against Vince Young and the Philadelphia Eagles on December 1, 2011. Browner was suspended for four games in 2012 for violating the NFL's performance-enhancing drug policy for using a prescription drug.[4] Despite this setback, Browner was added to the 2012 Pro Bowl roster as a replacement for an injured Carlos Rogers.[5]

On December 18, 2013, the NFL erroneously reported Browner was facing an indefinite suspension for again violating the NFL's performance-enhancing drug rules.[6] The suspension kept him from playing in Super Bowl XLVIII against the Denver Broncos. Without Browner, the Seahawks won the Super Bowl 43–8 to give the franchise their first championship.

The suspension was later changed to reflect a substance abuse issue related to missing drug tests during the time Browner was unsigned by an NFL team and played football in the CFL, prior to the Seahawks contract.[7] On March 4, 2014, he was officially reinstated by the NFL.[8] His suspension was reduced to the first four games of the 2014 season.[9]

New England Patriots

On March 14, 2014, Browner signed with the New England Patriots on a three-year, $17 million contract.[10][11] After serving his 4-game suspension, Browner was inactive for the next 2 games. He made his season debut in week 7 against the New York Jets, where Browner recorded a tackle. Browner finished the season with 25 tackles and an interception in 9 games. He helped the Patriots win Super Bowl XLIX over his former team, the Seattle Seahawks 28–24. In the Super Bowl, Browner recorded 3 tackles. With 26 seconds left, he blocked Jermaine Kearse on a pick play on second and goal from the one yard line, enabling Malcolm Butler to make the game-sealing interception.

At the start of free agency, the Patriots did not pick up a $2 million roster bonus due to him, making him a free agent eligible to sign with any team.[12]

New Orleans Saints

On March 12, 2015, Browner signed with the New Orleans Saints.[13] In September, he was elected as one of the defensive team captains (along with Cameron Jordan).[14] Browner finished with 76 tackles and 1 interception.[15] Browner's year in New Orleans was not a successful one: he ended the season rated as one of the least effective cornerbacks in the league, and received more penalties for the season than any player in the league since this statistic began tracking in 1999.[16] On February 2, 2016, Browner tweeted that the Saints were going to release him.[17] On March 10, Browner was released. In late May 2016, Browner received attention when he responded to criticism from a Saints fan on Instagram about his performance and salary, stating that he "took that few millions (and) ran with it" when he left the Saints.[18]

Seattle Seahawks (second stint)

On April 17, 2016, Browner signed a one-year deal for the veteran minimum salary ($760,000) with his former team, the Seattle Seahawks,[19] reforming the original Legion of Boom. Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll stated Browner would play a different role than the previous stint with the Seahawks as a hybrid corner/safety/linebacker in the nickel package. However, the Seahawks released Browner on August 29, after the team's third preseason game.[20]

Flag Football

In 2018, Browner was a member of the Roadrunners led by retired quarterback Michael Vick as part of the American Flag Football League.[21]

NFL career statistics

Won the Super Bowl
Bold Career high

Regular season

Year Team Games Tackles Fumbles Interceptions
GP GS Cmb Solo Ast Sck FF FR TD Int Yds Avg Lng TD PD
2011 SEA 16 16 54 51 3 0.0 0 0 0 6 220 36.7 94 2 23
2012 SEA 12 12 44 35 9 0.0 3 1 0 3 39 13.0 35 0 6
2013 SEA 8 8 19 18 1 0.0 0 0 0 1 49 49.0 49 0 10
2014 NE 9 9 25 20 5 0.0 0 0 0 1 32 32.0 32 0 6
2015 NO 16 16 76 63 13 0.0 0 1 0 1 0 0.0 0 0 10
Career[22] 61 61 218 187 31 0.0 3 2 0 12 340 28.3 94 2 55

In 2015 Browner led the NFL in penalties committed during the regular season, and was 2nd in 2011 and 2014.[23][24]

Seahawks franchise records

  • Most interception yards returned (season): 220 (2011)

Legal issues

In May 2017, Browner was arrested by Los Angeles police for possession of cocaine and being under the influence.[25]

On July 8, 2018, Browner was arrested by La Verne police for breaking and entering into the residence of a woman with whom he once had a relationship, and fleeing the scene after stealing a Rolex within the home.[26] Two days later, he was officially charged with attempted murder and three other felonies.[21] On December 4, 2018, Browner was sentenced to 8 years in prison after pleading no contest to an attempted murder charge.[27] Browner is now serving his sentence at San Quentin State Prison.[28] He became eligible for parole in November 2023.[29]


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  3. ^ "Brandon Browner, Combine Results, CB - Oregon State". Retrieved November 15, 2021.
  4. ^ Brandon Browner of Seattle Seahawks suspended for four games - ESPN
  5. ^ "Kam Chancellor, Brandon Browner added to Pro Bowl". Seattle Times. Retrieved January 24, 2012.
  6. ^ Pelissero, Tom (December 19, 2013). "Seahawks' Brandon Browner suspended indefinitely". Retrieved July 27, 2014.
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  9. ^ Pelissero, Tom (March 5, 2014). "CB Brandon Browner suspended first four games of 2014 NFL season". Retrieved July 27, 2014.
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  13. ^ "New Orleans Saints announce a number of roster moves on Thursday". March 12, 2015. Archived from the original on March 14, 2015. Retrieved March 12, 2015.
  14. ^ Katherine Terrell, "New Orleans Saints vote three new captains for 2015 season", The Times-Picayune, September 10, 2015.
  15. ^ "Brandon Browner". Retrieved February 8, 2016.
  16. ^ Orr, Conor (May 31, 2016). "Brandon Browner took 'millions and ran with it'". Retrieved May 31, 2016.
  17. ^ "Sources: N.O. to cut Browner, who bids 'farewell'". February 5, 2016. Retrieved February 10, 2016.
  18. ^ Dabe, Christopher (May 30, 2016). "Brandon Browner 'took that few millions (and) ran with it,' he says on Instagram". Times-Picayune. Retrieved May 31, 2016.
  19. ^ Bob Condotta, "Details of Brandon Browner's contract reveal low risk for Seahawks ", Seattle Times, April 21, 2016.
  20. ^ "Seahawks Make Roster Moves". August 29, 2016. Archived from the original on March 28, 2018.
  21. ^ a b Knoblauch, Austin (July 10, 2018). "Brandon Browner charged with attempted murder". Retrieved July 13, 2018.
  22. ^ "Brandon Browner Stats". ESPN Internet Ventures. Retrieved March 4, 2014.
  23. ^ "NFL Penalties". Retrieved May 5, 2015.
  24. ^ "Your penalty all-stars: Most-flagged NFL players through Week 6". October 19, 2015. Retrieved February 10, 2016.
  25. ^ McKenna, Henry (October 20, 2017). "Report: Brandon Browner arrested on cocaine possession charge in May". Patriots Wire. Retrieved July 13, 2018.
  26. ^ Shook, Nick (July 8, 2018). "Former NFL corner Brandon Browner arrested on felony charges". Archived from the original on July 9, 2018. Retrieved July 13, 2018.
  27. ^ Fenno, Nathan (December 4, 2018). "Former Pro Bowler Brandon Browner pleads no contest to attempted murder". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved December 4, 2018.
  28. ^ "Inmate Locator". Archived from the original on March 17, 2023. Retrieved March 29, 2020.
  29. ^ Fenno, Nathan (March 16, 2020). "Former Pro Bowl player Brandon Browner is sent to prison for attempted murder". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved April 4, 2023. Browner won't be eligible for parole until November 2023, according to Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation records.

Further reading

  • Michael-Shawn Dugar, "Brandon Browner: From the 'Legion of Boom' to Inmate No. BL7078," The Athletic, May 14, 2020.

External links

  • Calgary Stampeders bio
  • Seattle Seahawks bio
  • New England Patriots bio
  • "The Tragic Story of The 'Legion Of Boom' Member Everyone Forgot About," FlemLo Raps via, Feb. 7, 2024. (Video.).
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