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Brian Keith Bonner (born October 9, 1965) is a former American football linebacker in the National Football League for the San Francisco 49ers and the Washington Redskins. He played college football at the University of Wisconsin–Madison and the University of Minnesota. After concluding his NFL career, Bonner went on to play four seasons for the Ottawa Rough Riders of the Canadian Football League. He split his final CFL season with the Saskatchewan Roughriders and the Shreveport Pirates.

Brian Bonner
No. 56
Born: (1965-10-09) October 9, 1965 (age 53)
Mount Vernon, New York
Career information
NFL draft1988 / Round: 9 / Pick: 247
Career history
As player
1988San Francisco 49ers
1989Washington Redskins
1991–1994Ottawa Rough Riders
1995Saskatchewan Roughriders
1995Shreveport Pirates
CFL East All-Star1991
Career stats


Bonner graduated from the University of Minnesota with a Bachelor of Arts in Communication Studies, and as a dean's list student from Life University College of Chiropractic, where he earned the Doctor of Chiropractic degree.


Bonner is licensed and practicing sports medicine chiropractor in Atlanta, Georgia. He was previously married to Sabrina Blackler and is the father of one daughter, Perri Celeste Bonner, who signed an NCAA National Letter of Intent on February 6, 2013, to play women's soccer at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte (UNCC) beginning Fall 2013.