American Football Database
American Football Database
Brett Faryniarz
Date of birth: (1965-07-23) July 23, 1965 (age 56)
Place of birth: Carmichael, CA
Career information
Position(s): LB
NFL Draft: 1987 / Round:
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Brett Allen Faryniarz (born July 23, 1965) is a former professional American football player who played linebacker for seven seasons in the NFL. In college, he was a defensive standout for the San Diego State Aztecs, starring on the team's much-maligned "Ocean Breeze" defense. The name derived from a comment by former UCLA quarterback Troy Aikman, who compared the team's pass defense to "just playing catch in the open air." Despite the defense's generally poor caliber, Faryniarz developed a reputation as a "solid quarterback sacker" and laid out Aikman twice during the SDSU UCLA game in the Rose Bowl. After starting three years for the Aztecs, Faryniarz played for the then-Los Angeles Rams, where he played linebacker. He finished his career on the inaugural Carolina Panthers team in 1995.

He was born in Carmichael, California.