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Dave Brown
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Born February 25, 1970 (1970-02-25) (age 39)
Summit, New Jersey
Career information
Year(s) 19922001
Supplemental Draft 1992 / Round: 1
College Duke
Professional teams
Career stats
TD-INT 44-58
Yards 10,248
QB Rating 67.9
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Career highlights and awards
  • No notable achievements

David Michael Brown (born February 25, 1970 in Summit, New Jersey) is a former collegiate American football quarterback who played for Duke University and later in the National Football League for the New York Giants and Arizona Cardinals.

Brown played high school football at Westfield High School in Westfield, New Jersey[1] and graduated in 1988.



Brown had a successful career at Duke University. In his November 4, 1989, starting debut he threw for 444 yards against Wake Forest University, including a 97-yard touchdown to wide receiver Clarkston Hines to establish Duke’s longest play from scrimmage.[2] Later that month, Brown set a school single-game record with 479 passing yards against the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, upending Duke's rival, 41-0, to finish the year with seven straight wins and a share of the Atlantic Coast Conference championship. The Blue Devils subsequently received a bid to play in the All-American Bowl, Duke's first bowl game in almost 30 years. In 1991, Brown was chosen as the recipient of Duke's Carmen Falcone Team MVP Award.[3]

Brown ranks in the top ten in the following categories for Duke football quarterbacks: pass attempts in a season (#4, 437), pass attempts in a career (#5, 845), pass attempts in a game (#8, 54), pass completions in a game (#5, 33), pass completions in a season (#5, 230), pass completions in a career (#5, 463), passing yards in a game (#1, 479), passing yards in a season (#5, 2,794), passing yards in a career (#5, 5,717), touchdown passes in a game (#2, 4), touchdown passes in a season (#3, 20), touchdown passes in a career (#4, 42), 300-yard passing games in a season (#2, 4), 400-yard passing games in a career (#3, 8), 400-yard passing games in a season (#1, 2), and 400-yard passing games in a career (#2, 2).[3]

Brown ranks in the top ten in the following categories for Duke football offensive players: total offensive yards in a season (#5, 2,851), total offensive yards in a career(#5, 5,770), total offensive yards in a game (#2, 470), and two-point attempts in a game (#1, 3).[3]


Brown was drafted by the Giants as the top overall selection in the 1992 Supplemental Draft. He was marked as an underachiever in his years with the Giants. He did not instill much confidence in his teammates and seemed to lack the big play potential. His first start came on December 12, 1992, when he was forced into the lineup due to injuries of Phil Simms, Jeff Hostetler, and Kent Graham, dropping a 19–0 decision to the Phoenix Cardinals. To make matters worse, Brown himself was injured during the game and didn't play a down the rest of the season.

He officially won the starting job in 1994 and helped guide his team to a 9–7 record and a season-ending six-game winning streak. However, the Giants won only a combined 11 games in the next two seasons and their offense finished worst statistically in the league in 1996. This finish led to the firing of Dan Reeves, and the hiring of noted QB guru Jim Fassel.

After injuring his chest during a game against the Dallas Cowboys, Brown lost his starting job in 1997 and never was able to re-claim it. Jim Fassel went the rest of the season with Danny Kanell at quarterback and had an unexpected run to the playoffs and division title. The rumor within the organization was that Fassel felt that the Giants could not win with Brown as the starting quarterback and he was unceremoniously released by the Giants following the season after a dispute with the front office. In the offseason he was signed by the Arizona Cardinals to play primarily as a backup and he ended up finishing his career in 2000 with Arizona. While Brown himself struggled, many might argue that the talent around him, in particular the offensive line and wide receivers was inferior to the talent of the league. Several poor offseasons, poor draft picks and a lack of protection didn't help Brown become successful. In addition, head coach Dan Reeves never exuded much confidence in the signal caller, thus further hurting his overall confidence.

Two of the finer moments of Brown's career were in 1999 when, as a member of the Arizona Cardinals, he helped sweep his former Giants team for the first time in more than 15 seasons.

For his time with the Giants, Brown never seemed to win over the fans, especially after he was signed to a long-term deal in the 1995 offseason. Brown had very good size and very good foot speed, but was not known for being especially accurate or for having a strong arm. He was not viewed as a big-play quarterback as evidenced by the fact that he never once threw for 300 yards in a single NFL start.

Following his career in professional football, Brown moved on to investment management.


  1. ^ George, Thomas. "FOOTBALL; Giants Sign Dave Brown", The New York Times, August 13, 1992."
  2. ^ [Duke Sports Information Office. [1], June 28, 2006."
  3. ^ a b c Duke Sports Information Office. "Duke Football Media Guide", 2008."

See also

Preceded by
Phil Simms
New York Giants Starting Quarterbacks
Succeeded by
Danny Kanell


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