Card: Topps Stadium Club 1992
Acquired: TTM 1993, Patriots Blitz
The Patriots often found and groomed exceptional linebackers for their 3-4 front. Vincent Brown was no exception. A second round pick in 1988 out of Mississippi Valley State (Jerry Rice’s, Ashley Ambrose’s and Deacon Jones’ alma matter), Brown started 3 games his rookie season and made 35 tackles. Prized for his ability to play inside or outside linebacker, Vincent would move to RILB in 1989 and make 4 sacks and 78 tackles in 10 games. He’d get his first AP nomination in 1991 when he raked in 117 tackles and 2 FF. In 1992 Vincent would top his banner season by returning a fumble and an interception for a touchdown that season while making 103 tackles after he was moved to LILB working alongside Johnny Rembert, Andre Tippett, and Chris Singleton. He’d continue to anchor down the position for the remainder of his career, and make his final AP appearance in 1993 after he made 158 tackles and an interception. Of note, Brown would be the first player on the Patriots ever named as a ‘transitional player’ after Plan B was ended. In 1994 and 1995 he wouldn’t make AP again- despite making 3 and 4 picks respectively in those two seasons. He’d retire after the 1995 season with 737 tackles in 123 games and was voted to the Patriots’ Team of the Century and the Patriots All-1990s Team. He currently coaches linebackers at the University of Virginia.
G/Gs 123/105 Tac 737 Sac 16.5 Fum 6 Int 10 Yds 95 Avg 9.5 Td 1 lg 49t