Courtney Brown
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Defensive end
Personal information
Date of birth: (1978-02-14) February 14, 1978 (age 42)
Place of birth: Charleston, South Carolina
Career information
College: Penn State
NFL Draft: 2000 / Round: 1 / Pick: 1
No regular season or postseason appearances
Career history
* Cleveland Browns ( 2000 2004)
Career highlights and awards
* Consensus All-American (1999)
Tackles     156
Quarterback sacks     19.0
Forced fumbles     6
Stats at
Stats at

Courtney Lanair Brown (born February 14, 1978) is a former American college and professional football player who was a defensive end in the National Football League (NFL) for seven seasons. He played college football for Penn State University, and earned consensus All-American honors. The Cleveland Browns selected him with the first overall pick of the 2000 NFL Draft, and he played professionally for the Browns and Denver Broncos of the NFL.

Brown is often listed as the biggest draft bust in Cleveland Browns franchise history.[1][2]

Early yearsEdit

Brown was born in Charleston, South Carolina.[3] Growing up in Alvin, South Carolina, he attended Macedonia High School and was a high school All-American linebacker his senior year. He also contributed on offense by playing tight end. Brown earned Gatorade Player-of-the-Year accolades in his senior year. He played in the Shrine Bowl. Brown was also an accomplished basketball star, playing in the North/South All-Star game. Throughout his high school career, he maintained a 4.0 grade point average.

College careerEdit

Brown attended Pennsylvania State University, where he played for coach Joe Paterno's Penn State Nittany Lions football team from 1996 to 2000. At Penn State, he was teammates with LaVar Arrington and Brandon Short. As senior in 1999, he was a first-team All-Big Ten selection, and was recognized as a consensus first-team All-American.[4] Brown earned the Big Ten Defensive Player of the Year and Defensive Linemen of the Year honors in his senior year. He was also a finalist for three national awards: Bronko Nagurski Trophy, Chuck Bednarik Award and Lombardi Award. He finished his college football career with an NCAA record-breaking 33 quarterback sacks and 70 tackles for a loss.

He graduated from Penn State with a Bachelor of Arts degree in integrative arts in 2000.

Professional careerEdit


At the Penn State Pro Day, Brown measured 6'4⅞", 271 pounds, ran a 4.52 seconds forty-yard dash, had a vertical leap of 37" and bench-pressed 225 pounds 26 times.[5]

Cleveland BrownsEdit

Brown was drafted by the Browns first overall in the 2000 NFL Draft, making him the eleventh defensive lineman to be taken first overall in the 70-plus year history of the NFL Draft.[6]

Brown had a productive rookie season, recording 69 total tackles and 4.5 sacks. His second season was cut short due to injury, but Brown recorded 4.5 sacks in 5 games. Brown had problems staying healthy for the rest of his career, and struggled on the field. From 2002-2004, Brown only played in 26 games and recorded just 8 sacks. He finished his professional football career with the Broncos in 2005.

NFL statisticsEdit

Year Team Games Combined Tackles Tackles Assisted Tackles Sacks Forced Fumbles Fumble Recoveries Fumble Return Yards Passes Defended
2000 CLE 16 69 61 8 4.5 0 1 0 0
2001 CLE 5 21 14 7 4.5 2 2 25 4
2002 CLE 11 41 30 11 2.0 0 2 1 0
2003 CLE 13 37 28 9 6.0 4 1 0 4
2004 CLE 2 2 2 0 0.0 0 0 0 0
2005 DEN 14 24 20 4 2.0 0 2 0 1
Career 61 194 155 39 19.0 6 8 26 9


  1. "Sporting News names Courtney Brown biggest Browns Draft bust". Cleveland Browns.
  2. "15 Huge Mistakes That Doomed The Cleveland Browns" (in en-US). TheSportster. September 28, 2016.
  3. "Courtney Brown". Retrieved February 11, 2013.
  4. 2011 NCAA Football Records Book, Award Winners, National Collegiate Athletic Association, Indianapolis, Indiana, p. 11 (2011). Retrieved June 25, 2012.
  5. King, Peter. (04-17-2000). Mum's His Word Sports Retrieved December 24, 2009.
  6. "Draft History". Retrieved January 8, 2019.
  7. "Courtney Brown Stats". Retrieved June 16, 2018.

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