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Bryan Cox
Bryan Cox Iraq 3.jpg
Cox in Iraq, 2006
Jersey #(s)
51, 52
Born February 17, 1968 (1968-02-17) (age 41)
St. Louis, Missouri
Career information
Year(s) 19912002
NFL Draft 1991 / Round: 5 / Pick: 113
College Western Illinois
Professional teams
Career stats
Sacks 51.5
Interceptions 4
Touchdowns 1
Stats at
Career highlights and awards

Bryan Keith Cox (born February 17, 1968 in St. Louis, Missouri) is a former American football linebacker who played twelve seasons in the NFL from 1991 through 2002. He was a member of the New England Patriots club that won Super Bowl XXXVI. He is currently a defensive line coach for the Cleveland Browns.

Cox generated controversy while a Miami Dolphin in 1993, when he waved the middle fingers with both hands at fans prior to a road game against the Buffalo Bills[1]. Cox defended his obscene gesture by claiming that it was directed at specific agitated spectators.



Cox attended Western Illinois University and was a Mass Communications Major and a letterman in football. In football, he was a four-year letterman and a two-year starter. As a senior, he was named as a First Team All-America selection by the Football Gazzette and was a First Team All-Conference selection. As a junior, he was named the Western Illinois University M.V.P. As a sophomore, Cox played in every game, and finished his sophomore season with 54 tackles, four forced fumbles, 3 fumble recoveries, two interceptions and three blocked kicks. As a freshman, Cox was a reserve nickel-back and finished the season with 30 tackles.

National Football League

Cox was drafted by the Dolphins in the 5th round of the 1991 NFL Draft, chosen 113th overall. In his career encompassing 165 games he recorded 764 tackles, recorded 51.5 quarterback sacks, caught four interceptions, and forced 22 fumbles. Among his most famous plays was a 27-yard interception-return touchdown against the Patriots in September 1999 while playing with the Jets; another famous play came with the Patriots in September 2001 in a game against the Indianapolis Colts; Cox hit receiver Jerome Pathon in the first quarter, a hit that briefly knocked Pathon out and intimidated Colt receivers the rest of the game, a 44-13 Patriots win.

Post-playing career

From 2004-2005 he worked as an analyst for TVG Network. He was an assistant defensive line coach for the New York Jets for three seasons (2006-08) under Eric Mangini. After Mangini was fired and became the coach of the Cleveland Browns in January 2009, he brought Cox with him, where Cox is now the defensive line coach.

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