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Tim Brown
Tim Brown.jpg
Wide receiver
Jersey #(s)
Born July 22, 1966 (1966-07-22) (age 43)
Dallas, Texas
Career information
Year(s) 19882004
NFL Draft 1988 / Round: 1 / Pick: 6
College Notre Dame
Professional teams
Career stats
Receptions 1,094
Receiving Yards 14,934
Touchdowns 100
Stats at
Career highlights and awards

Timothy Donell Brown (born July 22, 1966) is a retired American football wide receiver, who played college football for Notre Dame, where he won the Heisman Trophy, and in the National Football League (NFL). He spent sixteen years with the Los Angeles/Oakland Raiders, during which he established himself as one of the NFL's most prolific wide receivers. His fame and success with the Raiders organization earned him the title Mr. Raider.


College career

Before his college career, Brown played for Woodrow Wilson High School in Dallas, Texas, the same school as 1938 Heisman Trophy winner Davey O'Brien. Despite his contributions, the team fared poorly, with a 4–25–1 record over his three years as a starter. Nevertheless, Brown was heavily recruited by major colleges. His five official visits were to Notre Dame, Nebraska, Oklahoma, nearby Southern Methodist and Iowa.[1]

Brown chose Notre Dame and played there from 1984–1987, earning the nickname "Touchdown Timmy." In his first year, he set a freshman record with twenty-eight receptions. As a junior, he set a record with 1,937 all-purpose yards. He made the College Football All-America Team twice and won the Heisman Trophy in 1987, becoming the first wide receiver ever to win the award. His alma mater, Woodrow Wilson High School, became the first high school in history to produce more than one Heisman winner; as of 2007, Woodrow is still the only public high school with two winners, though private school Mater Dei has matched the record. During that year, he caught 34 passes for 846 yards, returned 34 punts for 401 yards, rushed for 144 yards, and gained 456 yards on 23 kickoff returns. He also scored eight touchdowns. Brown finished his career at Notre Dame with 137 receptions, a school record 5,024 all-purpose yards, and 22 touchdowns.

However, just as in high school, Brown's team achieved limited success, with a 25–21 record over his four seasons, and an 0–2 record in bowl games. In the year after Brown graduated (1988), Notre Dame won the national title.

NFL career

Brown was selected by the Los Angeles Raiders with the 6th pick of the 1988 NFL Draft. In his first NFL season, he led the league in kickoff returns, return yards, and yards per return average. He also led the NFL in punt returns in 1994, and receptions in 1997. He was voted to the Pro Bowl nine times, in 1988 and 1991 as a kick returner, and in 1993-97, 1999 and 2001 as a receiver. In 2001, Brown would later play alongside another well-known wide receiver, Jerry Rice. On December 9, 2001, Brown returned a punt 88 yards for a touchdown in a home game against the Kansas City Chiefs, making him the oldest player in NFL history to score a touchdown on a punt return. In 2002 he passed Gene Upshaw to become the Raiders' all-time leader in games played with 224. He also set Raiders franchise records for receptions, receiving yards, and punt return yards.

Brown was released by the Raiders before the 2004 season, as he did not want to accept a smaller role in the offense. He was signed shortly thereafter by the Buccaneers (coached by former Raider head coach Jon Gruden). The move was controversial, considering that Brown had always been a fan favorite in the Oakland area and was much admired by many current and former Raiders players and staff over the sixteen years he spent with the Raider organization. He was the last of the Los Angeles Raiders to remain with Oakland.

On September 27, 2004, in his first game at Oakland since being signed by Tampa Bay, Brown reached 100 career receiving touchdowns, tying him (with Steve Largent) for 3rd on the NFL's all-time career receiving touchdown list (behind former teammate Jerry Rice [204] and Cris Carter [130]).

In 2005, Brown signed a one-day contract with the Raiders to retire with the team. The July 18 news conference was attended by two Raiders officials, and only one active Raider, wide receiver Jerry Porter. Brown retired with 14,934 receiving yards, the second-highest total in NFL history, 1,094 receptions (3rd), and 100 touchdown catches (3rd-Tied). Brown also gained 190 rushing yards, 3,320 punt-return yards, 3 fumble-return yards, and 1,235 yards returning kickoffs. This gave him a total of 19,682 combined net yards, ranking him #5 among the NFL's all-time leaders in that category at the time of his retirement. He also scored 105 total touchdowns (100 receiving, 1 rushing, 3 punt returns, 1 kickoff return).

Brown became eligible for enshrinement in the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2010. He was, however, not selected.[2] Brown was considered a long shot to get in on his first try as there were a logjam of accomplished receiver candidates such as Jerry Rice, Cris Carter and Andre Reed. Rice, considered to be the greatest wide receiver of all-time, was eligible for the first time and was enshrined as was widely expected.[2] In 2009, he was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame.

Tim Brown at an autograph signing in 2004.


Brown is currently starting a NASCAR racing team as part of their Drive for Diversity program. He is recruiting African American sponsors to fund the venture, and has worked out a technical alliance with Roush Fenway Racing, who will provide support to the upstart team. Brown hopes to eventually find a black, Hispanic, or woman driver to be the star of his team in order to bring an element of diversity to what is a white-dominated sport. He now lives in DeSoto, Texas.

Relationship with Raiders owner Al Davis

Since he joined the Raiders, Tim Brown has had an interesting relationship with the Oakland Raiders and Al Davis. During a 2009 interview with Brown had an interesting comment concerning his former boss.

“Meeting Al (Davis) was pretty unique. I found out five or ten minutes after my first practice there that he hated African-American athletes from Notre Dame. And they literally told me that. They literally told me that because we’re known for using our education more than our athletic ability that he thought that I would be one of these guys that would basically take the money and run. I don’t know if that was a ploy to get me amped up, but it certainly worked."[3]

In 2000, Brown was dining in an Oakland restaurant with former Raiders Chester McGlockton and Sean Jones. During their meal, Brown found himself unable to approach or speak to Al Davis. Brown told a reporter, "I was saddened by that because I don't know anybody who I've dealt with for twelve years who I can't say hello to in that situation. I was saddened that the situation is where it is."[4]

On August 5, 2004, the Raiders held a press conference with Brown and Al Davis which stated that Brown was leaving the Raiders. Davis and Brown showed mutual respect for one another and both men expressed a desire for Brown to return to the Raiders someday.[5] Brown later played one year with Tampa Bay and scored his 100th receiving touchdown against the Oakland Raiders.

On July 19, 2005, Tim Brown officially retired but the Raiders did not hold a press conference at the team headquarters. Instead, Brown held his own press conference in an Oakland hotel ballroom. Al Davis did not attend the conference because he had a "scheduling conflict". Davis did allow Brown to sign a ceremonial $765,000 contract with the Raiders so he could retire as an Oakland Raider. Brown's '04 departure from the Raiders eventually became acrimonious, and the outspoken receiver often criticized Davis, senior assistant Michael Lombardi and coach Norv Turner publicly for conspiring to make him expendable. Former teammates Marcus Allen, Lincoln Kennedy and Chester McGlockton attended the press conference. For the Raiders, Amy Trask, the Raiders' chief executive officer who had Brown sign the ceremonial contract, Marc Badain, a finance executive and Mike Taylor, the team's director of public relations, were on hand. At the time, Raiders receiver Jerry Porter was also in attendance. Lincoln Kennedy stuck up for the absence of Al Davis stating "It's not his style," the former Raiders offensive lineman replied. "He'll probably invite Tim up to his office, or out to dinner later on. But this? This is not his style."[6]

Recent history suggests that Al Davis might be out of touch with the football world because the Raider have suffered through seven straight losing seasons (2003–2010) since losing to Tampa Bay in Super Bowl XXXVII. Brown disagrees, stating "In a lot of peoples’ minds, Al is out of touch, but nothing is further from the truth. He is still quite lucid."[7]

Career records

  • First wide receiver to win a Heisman Trophy
  • Holds the NFL rookie-season record for most combined yards gained, with 2,317 yards (1988).
  • Holds the NFL record for 10 consecutive seasons with at least 75 receptions
  • Holds the NFL record for 225 consecutive games with at least 10 all purpose yards
  • Holds the NFL record for 235 consecutive games with at least 9 all purpose yards
  • Holds the NFL record for 243 consecutive games with at least 7 all purpose yards
  • Shares the NFL record for consecutive seasons with at least 5 touchdowns (11) - shared with Marvin Harrison, Don Hutson, Cris Carter, & Jerry Rice
  • Shares the NFL record for consecutive seasons with at least 5 touchdown receptions (11) - shared with Marvin Harrison, Don Hutson, Cris Carter, & Jerry Rice
  • Shares NFL record for games with at least 150 yards receiving in a single season (5) - shared with Roy Green & Jerry Rice
  • Holds the NFL record for being the oldest player ever to return a punt for a touchdown - (35 years, 140 days)
  • Holds the NFL record for being the oldest player with 12+ receptions in a single game - (36 years, 97 days): 10/27/02 @ KC Chiefs, 13 receptions, 144 receiving yards
  • Only player to have 1,600 receiving yards against 4 different teams (Broncos, Chiefs, Chargers, Seahawks)
  • Holds the following team records with the Los Angeles/Oakland Raiders:
    • Games played (240 total, over 16 seasons - longest tenure of any player)
    • Touchdowns scored (104 total)
    • Receiving (14,734 yards, 1,070 receptions, 99 touchdowns)
    • Punt return (3,272 punt-return yards, 320 punt returns, 3 punt returns for touchdowns)
    • All-purpose yards (19,431)
    • Yards from scrimmage (14,924)
  • Holds 2nd place in:
    • (2nd place)NFL record for games with at least 1 reception: 240
    • (2nd place)NFL record for games with at least 2 receptions: 212
    • (2nd place)NFL record for games with at least 3 receptions: 181
    • (2nd place)NFL record for games with at least 4 receptions: 146


  • Caught his 1,000th reception in a 26-20 win against the New York Jets
  • Caught his 100th career touchdown when he played for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in a game against the Oakland Raiders.
  • In NFL Street 2, Tim Brown is on the Tampa Bay Buccaneers as a player.
  • Tim is now on FSN Pro Football Preview with former players Jason Sehorn , Eddie George and NFL Insider Jay Glazer.
  • Despite being retired, Brown appears in Madden 06 as a free agent.

Notes and references

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Preceded by
Vinny Testaverde
Heisman Trophy Winner
Succeeded by
Barry Sanders


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