Brian Price
No. 99     Dallas Cowboys
Defensive tackle
Personal information
Date of birth: (1989-04-10) April 10, 1989 (age 30)
Place of birth: Los Angeles, California
Height: 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m) Weight: 303 lb (137 kg)
Career information
College: UCLA
NFL Draft: 2010 / Round: 2 / Pick: 35
Debuted in 2010 for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Career history
Roster status: Active
Career highlights and awards
  • Pac-10 Defensive Player of the Year (2009)
  • First-team All-American Coaches (2009)
  • 2× First-team All-Pac-10 (2008, 2009)
  • First-team CFN Sophomore All-American (2007)
  • Pac-10 TSN All-Freshman team (2006)
  • High School All-American (2005)
Career NFL statistics as of 2012
Tackles     27
Sacks     3.0
Forced fumbles     0
Stats at

Brian Larisso Price (born April 10, 1989) is an American football defensive tackle for the Dallas Cowboys of the National Football League. After playing college football at the University of California, Los Angeles, he was drafted by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in the second round of the 2010 NFL Draft. He played for the Buccaneers for two seasons.

High school careerEdit

Price attended Crenshaw High School in View Park-Windsor Hills, California, where he had 85 tackles, 17 tackles for loss, 15 sacks, four forced fumbles, and two recovered fumbles while battling double and triple teams in 2006. As a junior, made 111 tackles, including 22 sacks. Price was named "Coliseum League Defensive MVP" consecutive times in 2005 and 2006. He was selected to play in the U.S. Army All-American Bowl.

Considered a four-star recruit by, Price was ranked No. 5 among defensive tackle prospects in the nation.[1] He picked UCLA over USC on March 11, 2006.

College careerEdit

In 2006 Price played in the last 10 games of the season, with five starts. He earned Second-team Freshman All-America honors from and and honorable mention from The Sporting News. He made the Sporting News Pac-10 All-Freshman team.

As a sophomore in 2007, Price led the Bruins with 14 tackles for loss. He was also second on the team with 4.5 quarterback sacks. He earned a First-team All-Pac-10 selection by the league's coaches, and a First-team Sophomore All-American selection by College Football News.[2]

Price was a starter in all 12 games in 2008. He as a First-team All-Pac-10 selection by the league's coaches and ... First-team Sophomore All-American by He led the team with 14.0 tackles for loss (12 in the last nine games) and was second on the team with 4.5 sacks.

In 2009, Price was listed at No. 4 on′s preseason defensive tackle power ranking.[3] He was also named to the 2009 Outland Trophy watch list,[4] and to the Lombardi Award "preliminary" watch list.[5]

Price started 12 games in 2009 and made 43 tackles (22.5 for losses) and seven sacks. He also forced two fumbles and recovered one and deflected a pass. He was a First-team All-American by the AFCA and a consensus All-Pac 10 selection,.

Awards and honorsEdit

Professional careerEdit

2010 NFL DraftEdit

After UCLA's win in the 2009 EagleBank Bowl, Price announced his decision to forgo his final year of eligibility and enter the 2010 NFL Draft.[6] He was taken by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers with the 3rd (35th overall) pick in the 2nd round.

Tampa Bay BuccaneersEdit

Price was placed on injured reserve with a pelvic injury on November 2, 2010. Price recorded his first sack on Atlanta Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan during week 3 of the 2011 season.

During Week 13 of the 2011 NFL season, against the Carolina Panthers, Price shoved Panthers guard Mackenzy Bernadeau well after the end of a third-quarter play in which Cam Newton was sacked for a four-yard loss. Price was penalized for unnecessary roughness. The sack would have forced the Panthers into a 3rd-and-14 situation. However, the resulting 15-yard penalty gave the Panthers a first down, allowing them to complete a touchdown drive that put the game out of reach (the Panthers won 38-19). Buccaneers coach Raheem Morris was so incensed that he banished Price from the sideline for the rest of the game.[7] The move drew comparisons to then San Francisco 49ers coach Mike Singletary banishing Vernon Davis from the sideline after a personal foul in 2008.[8] Price was also reported to have had an altercation with teammate Mark Barron during a team meeting in 2012.[9]

Chicago BearsEdit

On July 26, 2012, Price was traded to the Chicago Bears for a 7th round draft pick.[9][10] The Bears waived Price on September 3, 2012.[11] On December 20, 2012, Price was brought in by the Minnesota Vikings for a workout.[12]

Dallas CowboysEdit

Price signed a futures contract with the Dallas Cowboys on December 31, 2012.[13]


Price grew up in South Los Angeles, where gang violence was a frequent occurrence. Two of his brothers, Eddie and Damon, were killed in gang-related shootings in Crenshaw. He also has six sisters.[14] In May 2012, his sister Bridget, 30, died as a result of a car accident in Inglewood.[15][16]

His wife, Candice Davis Price, is a track and field athlete and was the runner-up in the hurdles at the 2008 IAAF World Indoor Championships.[17][18]


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  2. "2008 CFN All-Sophomore Defensive Team". 2008-12-11. Retrieved 2012-08-03.
  3. Buchanan, Olin; Dienhart, Tom; Fox, David; Huguenin, Mike & Megargee, Steve (August 24, 2009), "Preseason defensive tackle power rankings",,
  4. Richardson, Steve (August 11, 2009), 2009 Outland Trophy Watch List Announced, Football Writers Association of America,
  5. "UCLA's Brian Price among early Lombardi Award candidates". Los Angeles Times. March 2, 2009.
  6. Gold, Jon (December 29, 2009), "UCLA's Price says he's leaving for NFL", Long Beach Press-Telegram,
  7. Cummings, Roy. On the Skids. The Tampa Tribune, 2011-12-05.
  8. Davis, Nate. Buccaneers' Raheem Morris blows fuse after loss to Panthers. USA Today, 2011-12-05.
  9. 9.0 9.1 "Bears trade for Bucs defensive lineman". 2012-07-26. Retrieved 2012-08-03.
  10. Jensen, Sean (2012-07-27). "Brian Price passes Bears physical - Inside the Bears". Retrieved 2012-08-03.
  11. "Bears sign Okoye, waive Price". Associated Press (Yahoo! Sports). 2012-09-03. Retrieved 2012-09-03.
  12. Biggs, Brad (2012-12-20). "Vikings keeping a close eye on DT Brian Price". Yahoo! Sports. Retrieved 2012-12-20.
  13. George, Brandon (31 December 2012). "Cowboys sign 10 players to futures contracts, including former second-round pick DT Brian Price". The Dallas Morning News. Retrieved 7 January 2013.
  14. Pearson, Kevin (August 28, 2008). "UCLA's Price escaped killing fields of LA to play football in Westwood". The Press-Enterprise.
  15. Farmer, Sam (2012-05-18). "Former UCLA star Brian Price hospitalized after sister's death".,0,6363962.story?track=rss. Retrieved 2012-08-03.
  16. Join the discussion: Click to view comments, add yours (2012-05-19). "Tragedy strikes Tampa Bay Buccaneers DT Price again as sister dies in car accident". Retrieved 2012-08-03.
  17. Farmer, Sam (2011-09-14). Buccaneers' Brian Price playing again after two radical surgeries. Los Angeles Times. Retrieved on 2012-05-05.
  18. Jones takes gold; Team USA wins 5 medals in Saturday p.m. competition. USATF (2008-03-08). Retrieved on 2012-05-05.

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