Brian Scott Salonen (born July 29, 1961 in Glasgow, Montana) is a former American football tight end and linebacker in the National Football League for the Dallas Cowboys. He played college football at the University of Montana.
|Position:||Tight end / Linebacker|
|Born:||July 29, 1961|
|Height:||6 ft 3 in (1.91 m)|
|Weight:||229 lb (104 kg)|
|High school:||Great Falls (MT)|
|NFL Draft:||1984 / Round: 10 / Pick: 278|
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In 1983, he established seven school receiving records, after posting 68 receptions for 832 receiving yards (led the conference) and 9 touchdowns, including six games with more than 100 yards receiving. He also set Division I-AA records for tight ends with 6.8 catches per game in a season, 151 career receptions and 1,882 career receiving yards. His 68 receptions in a season tied Dan Ross' Division I-AA mark for tight ends.
He finished his career as the school's all-time leading receiver, with 151 receptions for 1,882 yards and 12 receiving touchdowns, all school records. He also made the conference's All-academic list three years in a row.
Salonen was selected by the Dallas Cowboys in the 10th round (278th overall) of the 1984 NFL Draft. He was also selected by the Houston Gamblers of the United States Football League in the ninth round (188th overall) of the 1984 USFL Collegiate draft. As a rookie, he made the team as the third-string tight end and played mainly on special teams.
In 1985, he was converted into an outside linebacker before the start of training camp. He was the backup to Mike Hegman, but still remained a reserve at tight end and as a core special teams player. His only game action at linebacker was in place of an injured Hegman during the second half against the St. Louis Cardinals.
On August 19, 1986, he was placed on the injured reserve list. He retired on May 15, 1988, after failing to recover from a shoulder injury he suffered in November 1986 and spending two years on the injured reserve.
Salonen works as a financial advisor and was the Montana State President for NAIFA (The National Association of Insurance and Financial Advisors).
- "Vandals' Bailey makes Big Sky academic team". Retrieved April 30, 2017.
- "The 50 Greatest Montana Sports Figures". Sports Illustrated. Retrieved August 5, 2016.
- "New Montana Football Hall of Fame sets inaugural induction of 13 on Aug. 12". Retrieved April 30, 2017.
- "Transactions". Retrieved April 30, 2017.
- "Cowboy Linebacker Salonen Retires". Retrieved April 30, 2017.