James Brown (American football guard)

James Brown (born November 30, 1988) is a former American football offensive lineman. He went undrafted in the 2012 NFL Draft, and was signed by the Chicago Bears after the draft.[3] He played college at Troy. He was also a member of the Cleveland Browns.

James Brown
No. 78
Position:Offensive lineman
Personal information
Born: (1988-11-30) November 30, 1988 (age 31)
Chicago, Illinois
Height:6 ft 4 in (1.93 m)
Weight:306 lb (139 kg)
Career information
High school:Amite County
(Liberty, Mississippi)
Career history
 * Offseason and/or practice squad member only
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics
Games played:5
Games started:3
Player stats at NFL.com

Early lifeEdit

Brown was born on November 30, 1988 in Chicago, Illinois, to Paulina Harness and Ellis Jackson. Brown has three siblings: Ellis Ray Magee, Joseph Harness, and Elaine Brown. He attended Amite County High School in Liberty, Mississippi, where he was teammates with Gabe Jackson. Brown started playing football in eighth grade, and said that football saved his life in 2004, when he opted to workout instead of visiting family, where a cousin of his and a friend were involved in an altercation that later led to them being sentenced to death.[4]

At Amite County, Brown was a two-way lineman. As a freshman, he was named Amite County's Rookie of the Year. He also won 2005 Mississippi state weightlifting championship in 2005. In his sophomore year, he earned Defensive Player of the Year after recording 103 tackles and 14 sacks on the season. After he had a class 2A high 108 pancake blocks in his junior year, he was an All-State selection, and repeated in his senior year.

Regarded as a two-star recruit by Rivals.com, Brown was not ranked among the top offensive lineman prospects of his class.[5] He initially drew interest from Mississippi and Louisiana State,[6] but that began to fade when his academic struggles became clear. On National Signing Day 2008, Brown chose to attend Southern Mississippi, over offers from Alcorn State, Arkansas State, and Jackson State, but never managed to meet the qualification standards. Instead, he had to opt for the junior college route.

College careerEdit

Before enrolling at Troy University, Brown played at Southwest Mississippi Community College, and was eventually named to the second-team All-Mississippi Junior College team in his sophomore year.[7] In his three seasons at Troy, Brown excelled, with 66 pancakes in 13 games in 2009. However, he also led the team with 9 penalties, as well as allowing 3.5 sacks. His best performance that year was in a victory over Florida Atlantic when he recorded a season-high 13 pancakes.[8] Before the 2011 season, Brown was placed on the Outland Trophy watchlist, making him only one of just 10 players on the watch list from non-automatic qualifying programs in the FBS, as well as being the only player from the Sun Belt Conference included on the list.[9] He was later invited to the 2012 Senior Bowl.[10] He majored in Criminal Justice.

Professional careerEdit

Pre-draft measurables
Height Weight Arm length Hand size 40-yard dash 10-yard split 20-yard split 20-yard shuttle Three-cone drill Vertical jump Broad jump Bench press
6 ft 3 38 in
(1.91 m)
306 lb
(139 kg)
34 12 in
(0.88 m)
10 14 in
(0.26 m)
5.19 s 1.81 s 3.03 s 4.78 s 7.70 s 25 12 in
(0.65 m)
8 ft 6 in
(2.59 m)
24 reps
All values from the NFL Combine[11][12][13]

Brown was projected as a mid-round pick,[14] being named the 54th best player in the draft by Mel Kiper[15] and the 93rd best by Pro Football Weekly.[16] Despite his athleticism, Brown wasn't drafted in the 2012 NFL Draft, and was named by Scouts and NFL analyst Gil Brandt as the second-best undrafted free agent. Analysts believed that Brown's use of marijuana was a factor of him being undrafted,[17] along with concerns about his speed and strength.[18] Brown was ultimately signed by the Chicago Bears along with 10 others.[19] During rookie minicamps, Brown stood out and impressed Bears head coach Lovie Smith.[17] Smith commented on Brown, stating "He has stood out in the drills. You notice him. He's slim, athletic, good size, smile on his face and he was a pretty good player in college. However (he went undrafted), we're just glad he's in our camp."[20]

He was released on August 31.[21] He was eventually assigned to the practice squad.[22] On November 21, Brown was elevated to the active roster after Chilo Rachal left the team.[23] The Bears waived Brown on August 26, 2014.[24]


  1. ^ "Sun Belt Releases Preseason All-Conference Team > NCAA Football > News". NCAA Football. 2011-07-18. Retrieved 2012-07-10.
  2. ^ "James Brown, Troy, NFL Draft - CBSSports.com - NFLDraftScout.com". CBSSports.com. Retrieved 2012-07-10.
  3. ^ Jensen, Sean (2012-04-29). "Overlooked OT/G James Brown heads Bears UnFA list - Inside the Bears". Blogs.suntimes.com. Retrieved 2012-05-31.
  4. ^ "Troy tackle says football saved his life". Dothan Eagle. August 9, 2011. Archived from the original on April 14, 2012. Retrieved 2012-07-10.
  5. ^ Rivals.com Profile
  6. ^ "James Brown names a new leader". Scout.com. July 26, 2007.
  7. ^ "James Brown | Troy, OG : 2012 NFL Draft Scout External News". Nfldraftscout.com. 2006-09-21. Retrieved 2012-07-10.
  8. ^ "Troy University - 2010 Football Roster". Troytrojans.com. 1988-11-30. Retrieved 2012-07-10.
  9. ^ "Troy University - Troy's James Brown Named To Outland List". Troytrojans.com. Retrieved 2012-07-10.
  10. ^ Troy Sports Information. "Troy's Brown invited to Senior Bowl - The Southeast Sun: Sports: troy football, trojans, james brown, senior bowl, steve hale". The Southeast Sun. Retrieved 2012-07-10.
  11. ^ "NFL Events: Combine Player Profiles - James Brown". Nfl.com. Retrieved 2012-07-10.
  12. ^ "NFL Videos: 2012 combine workout: James Brown". Nfl.com. 2012-02-29. Retrieved 2012-07-10.
  13. ^ http://www.nfldraftscout.com/ratings/dsprofile.php?pyid=91912&draftyear=2012&genpos=OG
  14. ^ Buckets, Sir (2012-05-11). "Five Questions With Drew Champlin about Bears UDFA James Brown". Windy City Gridiron. Retrieved 2012-05-31.
  15. ^ "Bears feel good about undrafted free agent James Brown | ProFootballTalk". Profootballtalk.nbcsports.com. Retrieved 2012-05-31.
  16. ^ "Rookie's father a big Walter Payton fan". Chicagobears.com. 2012-05-11. Archived from the original on 2012-06-18. Retrieved 2012-07-10.
  17. ^ a b "Chicago Bears: James Brown stands out in early going - Chicago Tribune". Articles.chicagotribune.com. 2012-05-12. Retrieved 2012-05-31.
  18. ^ "Bears could have a steal in Troy left tackle James Brown - Chicago Sun-Times". Suntimes.com. Retrieved 2012-05-31.
  19. ^ "Bears ink undrafted free agents to deals". Chicagobears.com. 2012-04-29. Retrieved 2012-07-10.
  20. ^ Hess, Brendan (2012-05-13). "OT James Brown Stands Out At Rookie Minicamps". Windy City Gridiron. Retrieved 2012-05-31.
  21. ^ Mayer, Larry. "Bears reach 53-man roster limit". Chicagobears.com. Archived from the original on 2012-09-02. Retrieved 2012-09-01.
  22. ^ Licensed, The (2012-01-09). "Bears Announce 2012 Practice Squad". Windy City Gridiron. Retrieved 2012-09-02.
  23. ^ Mayer, Larry (2012-11-21). "Rachal leaves Bears for personal reasons". Chicago Bears. Retrieved 2012-11-21.
  24. ^ Chicago Bears on Twitter: #Bears have reached NFL's 75-man roster limit by waiving T/G James Brown and CB Isaiah Frey.

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