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Joey Browner
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Joey Browner
Position(s)
Safety
Jersey #(s)
47
Born May 15, 1960 (1960-05-15) (age 49)
Warren, Ohio
Career information
Year(s) 19831992
NFL Draft 1983 / Round: 1 / Pick: 19
College USC
Professional teams
Career stats
INT 37
INT yards 465
Touchdowns 3
Stats at NFL.com
Career highlights and awards

Joey Matthew Browner (born May 15, 1960 in Warren, Ohio) is a former American Football strong safety for the Minnesota Vikings from 1983 until 1991.

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Professional career

An outstanding Defensive Player and tackler, Browner was selected to six Pro Bowls, in 1985-1990 while playing with the Minnesota Vikings (1983-1991). He finished his career playing with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in 1992. Joey Browner is also a 4 time member of the John Madden "All-Madden Team". Joey also is a five time NFL Hall of Fame Nominee. Joey was the first round draft pick and 19th overall pick as Safety of the Minnesota Vikings in 1983.

Joey is a Veteran Traveler having gone to China with the NFL players association in 1988 to Germany with the 1989 USO Tour and to Paris to kick off the French Federation of American Football Annual Championship game in 1991.

Joey was the first round draft pick out of USC for the Minnesota Vikings.

The Browner family as a whole has had more players in the NFL than any other family. Brothers Ross-Cincinnati Bengals & Green Bay Packers, Jimmy-Cincinnati Bengals, Keith-Tampa Bay Buccaneers, San Diego Chargers & Oakland Raiders, Nephew son of Ross, Max Starks-Pittsburgh Steelers and Joey with the Minnesota Vikings 10 years and his last season with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers where he retired in 1993. After making 6 Pro Bowl appearances in Hawaii for the NFC squad.

Joey Browner amassed over 1100 total tackles, caused 18 fumbles and recovered 16 of them, also led the team in 9 defensive categories over his NFL career.

Browner holds the NFL Pro Bowl record with 3 fumble recoveries returned for touchdowns he had 40 interceptions in his career for 505 total yards including the Playoffs.

Today Browner can be heard on Las Vegas and Hawaii radio and Internet airwaves on Las Vegas Sports & Entertainment with his longtime pal Rich Perez. Joey also excels in the Minnesota/St Paul communities in Public Relations. Joey Browner was enshrined into the African-American hall of fame in 2004 for his work in Broadcasting. Joey Browner continues to be on the 'Hall of Fame NFL ballot the last 5 years straight, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008 and 2009.

College career

He was first-round NFL draft choice out of the University of Southern California. He was a four time All-American Football Player. Joey was the 1982 Most Valuable Player for USC and ended being drafted in the first round by the Minnesota Vikings. The other members of the Trojan defensive backfield were Dennis Smith (Denver Broncos), NFL HOF Ronnie Lott (SF 49ers), and Tennessee Titans coach Jeff Fisher. Joey also played with HOFer Anthony Munoz, RBs Marcus Allen and Charles White, QB Paul McDonald and other numerous USC stars. Browner also was named MVP of the 1983 Japan Bowl. He attended The University of Southern California on a football scholarship where he also became a perennial 4 time 4 year All-American Football Player, was selected to the first team All-Pac 10, first team All-Coast. Also a four year letterman notching 243 total tackles, 9 interceptions, 40m passes defended, 7 fumble recoveries and 3 touchdowns.

His USC teams compiled a 36-8-1 mark and he played in one Rose Bowl Game and one Fiesta Bowl.

High School Career

Browner attended Western Reserve High in Warren, Ohio for two years but moved for his junior and senior seasons to Atlanta, Georgia where he attended Southwest High. He was an All State defensive lineman as a junior, played Basketball and ran Track and Field, qualifying twice for the Ohio State meet.

As a senior, Joey Browner had 120 unassisted tackles and three interceptions earning Parade All-American Honors as well as the Georgia class 3-A lineman of the year and Atlanta area player of the year accolades.

Personal

The Browner family has had more players in the NFL than any other family. His brothers Ross Browner (Cincinnati Bengals & Green Bay Packers), Jimmy Browner (Cincinnati Bengals), Ross's son Max Starks (Pittsburgh Steelers) all play or have played in the NFL. Their other brother, Keith Browner, also played for the USC Trojans and professionally in the NFL. Keith's son, Keith Browner Jr., currently plays college football as a linebacker for the University of California, Berkeley. Joey's next eldest Brother Willard was drafted by the Chicago White Sox as a pitcher and also served as the starting tailback for Notre Dame with Brother Ross's teams. Youngest and late Brother Gerald had a stellar career at the University of Georgia.

He is a member of the NFL Gridiron Legends team along with former Viking teammate Cris Carter on the EA Sports game, NFL Street 2. Joey Browner was enshrined into the African-American hall of fame in 2004 for his work in Broadcasting.

Joey began his foundation in August, 2009.[1]

Browner can also be heard with his long time friend Rich Perez on the radio in Las Vegas and Hawaii and on the Internet at KLAV1230 am Fridays, 7-8pm Pacific. Also on Saturdays at 6am-6am Pacific on FOX SPORTS RADIO 920am, Las Vegas, NV.

Political

In 2008, Browner was an unsuccessful write-in candidate for city council in Eagan, a suburb south of Saint Paul.

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