Jack Brewer (American football)

Jack Brewer (born January 8, 1979) is a former American football safety who played professionally in the National Football League (NFL) for the Minnesota Vikings, the New York Giants, the Philadelphia Eagles, and the Arizona Cardinals. He attended Grapevine High School in Grapevine, Texas where he competed in football and track.

Jack Brewer
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Brewer in 2022
No. 42, 31
Personal information
Born: (1979-01-08) January 8, 1979 (age 43)
Fort Worth, Texas
Height:6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)
Weight:194 lb (88 kg)
Career information
High school:Grapevine (Grapevine, Texas)
Career history
Career NFL statistics
Games played:40
Total tackles:58
Player stats at NFL.com · PFR

Early lifeEdit

Born in Fort Worth, Texas, Brewer grew up in nearby Grapevine and graduated from Grapevine High School in 1997.[1][2] Brewer lettered in football and track in high school. As a senior wide receiver in 1996, Brewer had 48 catches for 776 yards and nine touchdowns on a 15–0 team that won the University Interscholastic League 4A state title.[1]

College careerEdit

As a freshman, Brewer attended Southern Methodist University (SMU) where he played wide receiver and was an All-American Candidate and a Disney World Record Holder for track. He had 19 receptions for 352 yards and four touchdowns in the season for the SMU Mustangs in 1997.[1] Brewer transferred to the University of Minnesota after one year at SMU. At Minnesota, Brewer redshirted the 1998 season per NCAA transfer rules before starting 10 games at free safety as a redshirt sophomore in 1999.[1]

In 2000, Brewer returned to wide receiver as a junior and was third on the team with 22 catches for 286 yards. He switched to defensive back in 2001 and finished that season with 155 tackles, the fourth highest single-season total in school history.[3]

Senior captain Brewer was a first team selection at defensive back by the media after leading the Big Ten Conference in tackles with 14.1 per game and 16.2 per game for Big Ten contests.[4] He earned the Carl Eller Award for outstanding defensive player, and the Paul Giel Award for most unselfish player with most concern for the university.[5] He was also selected to play in the East–West Shrine Game.[6]

Brewer earned his bachelor's and master's degrees from the University of Minnesota.

Professional careerEdit

Pre-draft measurables
Height Weight Arm length Hand span 40-yard dash 10-yard split 20-yard split 20-yard shuttle Three-cone drill Vertical jump Broad jump Bench press
6 ft 0 in
(1.83 m)
194 lb
(88 kg)
31+34 in
(0.81 m)
9 in
(0.23 m)
4.58 s 1.53 s 2.57 s 4.24 s 6.90 s 37.0 in
(0.94 m)
10 ft 2 in
(3.10 m)
12 reps
All values from NFL Combine[7][8]

In 2002, Brewer was signed by the Minnesota Vikings as a free agent. In his first year with the Vikings, Brewer played in 15 games and had one start.[2] He led the team with 26 special teams tackles, five tackles against the Buffalo Bills which tied him for second most in a game in team history and the most special teams tackles in a game since Harold Morrow's five against Tampa Bay.[9] Brewer had both of his two career interceptions that same year.[2]

In Brewer's second year with the Vikings, he played in six games; he was inactive for the first three games of the season after suffering a chest injury in preseason.[9] On October 26, 2003, he blocked a Jeff Feagles punt against the New York Giants – the Vikings' first blocked punt since 1989.[10] The Vikings waived Brewer on March 17, 2004.[9]

On March 18, 2004, Brewer signed with the New York Giants off waivers.[9]

Signing with the team on November 16 to replace the injured Sean Considine,[11] Brewer played in six games with the Philadelphia Eagles in 2005 and finished tied for fifth on the team with 15 special teams tackles and twice led the team with four special teams tackles.[12][13]

Brewer signed a one-year contract with the Arizona Cardinals on April 28, 2006. However, he was placed on injured reserve on September 2.[14]

Business careerEdit

After leaving the NFL, Brewer became a wealth manager at the global private client group of Merrill Lynch.[15] In 2009,[15] Brewer founded Brewer Group Inc., which has been variously described as a consulting firm[16] and an investment advisory firm.[15]

Insider trading investigationEdit

In August 2020, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) filed civil insider trading charges against Brewer in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York.[needs update][17] The SEC alleged that Brewer sold 100,000 shares in a penny stock, COPsync, after receiving confidential information indicating that the share price was likely to drop, and that Brewer "profited by approximately $35,000 more than he otherwise would have."[needs update][17] Brewer did consulting work for COPsync which promoted a messaging system for law enforcement,[17][16] described as an "Amber Alert for police officers."[15] Brewer had also recruited eight former and current athletes to promote the company.[15] COPsync went bankrupt in 2017, and in 2018 the SEC revoked the registration of the company's stock.[17]

Political advocacyEdit

Brewer once supported Barack Obama, but later pledged support for Donald Trump.[18][19] He called Trump the "first black president" and met with him at Trump's Bedminster Golf resort in June 2019.[19] In late 2019, Brewer predicted that there would be a "black awakening" which would lead to Trump receiving 20% or more of the African-American vote in the 2020 presidential election,[18] after Trump had won 8% of the African-American vote during the previous presidential election, in 2016.[20] Brewer frequently appeared on Fox News to promote Trump, became a member of the "Black Voices for Trump" group, and tweeted that "Trump has done more for blacks than any [President] since Lincoln."[17] Brewer spoke at the 2020 Republican National Convention.[21]

Personal lifeEdit

Brewer is a Christian, stating in an interview that "[m]y journey was one where I had to use life experiences to bring me closer to Jesus Christ."[22]


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  2. ^ a b c "Jack Brewer". Pro Football Reference. Archived from the original on October 3, 2020. Retrieved September 20, 2020.
  3. ^ "Year-By-Year Tackles Leaders". Gopher Sports. University of Minnesota. Archived from the original on 22 August 2017. Retrieved 25 June 2014.
  4. ^ "Brewer, Johnson and Utecht named to All-Big Ten Teams". Gopher Sports. University of Minnesota. Archived from the original on 31 December 2017. Retrieved 25 June 2014.
  5. ^ "Honors and Awards". Gopher Sports. University of Minnesota. Archived from the original on October 26, 2015.
  6. ^ "East-West Shrine Game past rosters" (PDF). East-West Shrine Game. Shriner's Hospitals For Children. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2015-02-06. Retrieved 2014-06-25.
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  8. ^ "Jack Brewer, Combine Results, FS - Minnesota". nflcombineresults.com. Retrieved October 9, 2021.
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  10. ^ "Brewer's blocked punt goes for naught". ESPN.com. October 27, 2003. Archived from the original on March 3, 2020. Retrieved March 3, 2020.
  11. ^ "Jack Brewer". Philadelphia Eagles. Archived from the original on February 9, 2006. Retrieved September 20, 2020.
  12. ^ "NFL - Players Rosters - National Football League - ESPN". ESPN.com. Archived from the original on March 10, 2006.
  13. ^ "2005 Philadelphia Eagles Statistics" (PDF). PhiladelphiaEagles.com. Archived (PDF) from the original on January 5, 2020. Retrieved March 6, 2020.
  14. ^ "Jack Brewer - Arizona Cardinals - news and analysis, statistics, game logs, depth charts, contracts, injuries". Archived from the original on 2020-11-08. Retrieved 2020-09-21.
  15. ^ a b c d e Ellen Meyers, Ex-SMU defensive back drafts athlete sales team to help officers in the field Archived 2020-11-08 at the Wayback Machine, Dallas Morning News (June 23, 2016).
  16. ^ a b Brendan Pierson, IN BRIEF: SEC accuses former NFL player Jack Brewer of insider trading Archived 2020-08-10 at the Wayback Machine, Reuters (August 7, 2020).
  17. ^ a b c d e Tom Dreisbach (August 25, 2020). "RNC Speaker Facing Federal Charges Of Insider Trading". NPR. Archived from the original on August 26, 2020. Retrieved August 26, 2020.
  18. ^ a b Dorman, Sam (December 28, 2019). "Ex-NFL star predicts 'black awakening' will give Trump unprecedented support in 2020". Fox News. New York City: News Corp. Archived from the original on February 10, 2020. Retrieved March 3, 2020.
  19. ^ a b Palmeri, Tara (January 22, 2019). "Trump sidesteps convos about race with critics, meets with retired NFL player to discuss 'black America'". ABC News. New York City: ABC. Archived from the original on April 17, 2020. Retrieved March 10, 2020.
  20. ^ "2016 election results: Exit polls". CNN. Archived from the original on 2020-06-16. Retrieved 2020-06-16.
  21. ^ Rob Tornoe, One-time Eagles player Jack Brewer, facing insider trading charges, speaks at RNC Archived 2020-08-27 at the Wayback Machine, Philadelphia Inquirer (August 26, 2020).
  22. ^ Halon, Yael (October 24, 2019). "'I've made mistakes, chased women and did wrong': NFL player opens up about his journey to finding God". Fox News. Archived from the original on July 14, 2020. Retrieved July 14, 2020.

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