Courtney Brown (defensive end)

Courtney Lanair Brown (born February 14, 1978) is a former American college and professional football player who was a defensive end in the National Football League (NFL) for seven seasons. He played college football for Penn State University, and earned consensus All-American honors. The Cleveland Browns selected him with the first overall pick of the 2000 NFL Draft, and he played professionally for the Browns and Denver Broncos of the NFL.

Brown is often listed as the biggest draft bust in Cleveland Browns franchise history.[1][2]

Courtney Brown
No. 92, 98
Position:Defensive end
Personal information
Born:February 14, 1978 (age 41)
Charleston, South Carolina
Height:6 ft 5 in (1.96 m)
Weight:285 lb (129 kg)
Career information
High school:Alvin (SC) Macedonia
College:Penn State
NFL Draft:2000 / Round: 1 / Pick: 1
Career history
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics
Quarterback sacks:19.0
Forced fumbles:6
Player stats at
Player stats at PFR

Early years

Brown was born in Charleston, South Carolina.[3] Growing up in Alvin, South Carolina, he attended Macedonia High School and was a high school All-American linebacker his senior year. He also contributed on offense by playing tight end. Brown earned Gatorade Player-of-the-Year accolades in his senior year. He played in the Shrine Bowl. Brown was also an accomplished basketball star, playing in the North/South All-Star game. Throughout his high school career, he maintained a 4.0 grade point average.

College career

Brown attended Pennsylvania State University, where he played for coach Joe Paterno's Penn State Nittany Lions football team from 1996 to 2000. At Penn State, he was teammates with LaVar Arrington and Brandon Short. As senior in 1999, he was a first-team All-Big Ten selection, and was recognized as a consensus first-team All-American.[4] Brown earned the Big Ten Defensive Player of the Year and Defensive Linemen of the Year honors in his senior year. He was also a finalist for three national awards: Bronko Nagurski Trophy, Chuck Bednarik Award and Lombardi Award. He finished his college football career with an NCAA record-breaking 33 quarterback sacks and 70 tackles for a loss.

He graduated from Penn State with a Bachelor of Arts degree in integrative arts in 2000.

Professional career


At the Penn State Pro Day, Brown measured 6'4⅞", 271 pounds, ran a 4.52 seconds forty-yard dash, had a vertical leap of 37" and bench-pressed 225 pounds 26 times.[5]

Cleveland Browns

Brown was drafted by the Browns first overall in the 2000 NFL Draft, making him the eleventh defensive lineman to be taken first overall in the 70-plus year history of the NFL Draft.[6]

Brown had a productive rookie season, recording 69 total tackles and 4.5 sacks. His second season was cut short due to injury, but Brown recorded 4.5 sacks in 5 games. Brown had problems staying healthy for the rest of his career, and struggled on the field. From 2002-2004, Brown only played in 26 games and recorded just 8 sacks. He finished his professional football career with the Broncos in 2005.

NFL statistics

Year Team Games Combined Tackles Tackles Assisted Tackles Sacks Forced Fumbles Fumble Recoveries Fumble Return Yards Passes Defended
2000 CLE 16 69 61 8 4.5 0 1 0 0
2001 CLE 5 21 14 7 4.5 2 2 25 4
2002 CLE 11 41 30 11 2.0 0 2 1 0
2003 CLE 13 37 28 9 6.0 4 1 0 4
2004 CLE 2 2 2 0 0.0 0 0 0 0
2005 DEN 14 24 20 4 2.0 0 2 0 1
Career 61 194 155 39 19.0 6 8 26 9



  1. ^ "Sporting News names Courtney Brown biggest Browns Draft bust". Cleveland Browns. Retrieved September 22, 2017.
  2. ^ "15 Huge Mistakes That Doomed The Cleveland Browns". TheSportster. September 28, 2016. Retrieved September 22, 2017.
  3. ^ "Courtney Brown". Retrieved February 11, 2013.
  4. ^ 2011 NCAA Football Records Book, Award Winners, National Collegiate Athletic Association, Indianapolis, Indiana, p. 11 (2011). Retrieved June 25, 2012.
  5. ^ King, Peter. (04-17-2000). Mum's His Word Sports Retrieved December 24, 2009.
  6. ^ "Draft History". NFL. Retrieved January 8, 2019.
  7. ^ "Courtney Brown Stats". Retrieved June 16, 2018.

External links

1999 Penn State Nittany Lions football team

The 1999 Penn State Nittany Lions football team represented the Pennsylvania State University in the 1999 NCAA Division I-A football season. The team was coached by Joe Paterno and played its home games in Beaver Stadium in University Park, Pennsylvania.

2000 Cleveland Browns season

The 2000 Cleveland Browns season was the team's 48th season with the National Football League and 52nd overall. It was the 2nd season of the "new Browns" which returned to the NFL in 1999.

Kicker Phil Dawson was the Browns’ leading scorer with 59 points. The Browns total offense ranked 31st (last) in the league, while their total defense ranked 26th in the league. The 2000 Browns’ 161 points scored (10.06 per game) is the third-fewest ever by a team in a 16-game schedule behind the 1992 Seahawks and 1991 Colts. Nevertheless, their four games without even scoring is the most in the NFL since the 1977 Buccaneers failed to score six times; by contrast the 2016 and 2017 Browns went a combined 1–31 but never failed to score a point in any game.

Courtney Brown

Courtney Brown is the name of:

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Courtney Brown (defensive back) (born 1984), American football player

Courtney Brown (defensive end) (born 1978), former American football player

Courtney Brown (researcher) (born 1952), proponent of remote viewing and teacher of political science

Courtney Browne (born 1970), Barbadian cricketer

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List of unanimous All-Americans in college football

The College Football All-America Team is an honorific college football all-star team compiled after each NCAA Division I Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS) season to recognize that season's most outstanding performers at their respective positions. There are several organizations that select their own All-America teams. Since 1924, the NCAA has designated selectors whose teams are used to determine "consensus" and "unanimous" All-Americans. Any player who is named to the first team by at least half the official selectors for a given season is recognized as being a consensus All-American. A player on the first team of every official selector is recognized as being a unanimous All-American. Since 2002, the five selectors designated by the NCAA for this purpose are the Associated Press (AP), the American Football Coaches Association (AFCA), the Football Writers Association of America (FWAA), Sporting News, and the Walter Camp Football Foundation (WCFF).Unanimous All-Americans are considered "elite, the cream of the crop from any particular season." Many are later inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame, and many also go on to have successful professional football careers. From 1924 to 2000, 364 players were unanimous selections at least once. Thus, only a handful of players—if any—each season receive the honor. The first player to do so was Red Grange, star halfback for the Illinois Fighting Illini, who received first-team honors from all six major selectors in 1924.As of the end of 2018 Division I FBS season, Oklahoma has had the most unanimous All-America selections of any school, with 35, followed by Alabama and Notre Dame with 34 each. Eighty-four schools have had at least one unanimous All-America selection. The most recent All-America team, the 2018 team, consisted of eight unanimous selections.

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