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Tim Brown - An NFL Legend

Updated on September 13, 2009

Timothy Donell Brown was born on July 22, 1966 in Dallas, Texas. He is a retired NFL wide receiver. He played for the Oakland Raiders for 16 years, during that time he became one of the National Football League's most inexhaustible wide receivers of all time. The success that Tim Brown found while he was with the Raiders gained him the title of "Mr. Raider".

Back home in Dallas, Brown was a starter for three years at Woodrow Wilson High School. The Wildcats' had a record of 4 - 25 - 1, during the time of Tim Brown. Even still, Brown was a highly sought after recruit by quite a few major universities. He officially visited Iowa, Notre Dame, SMU, Okalahoma and Nebraska.

In 1984, Tim Brown started his college career at The University of Notre Dame in Indiana. His three-year career there earned him the nickname "Touchdown Timmy". The first year he played for Notre Dame, he set the record for freshman receptions with twenty-eight that season. In his junior year, with 1,937 yards, he set the record for all-purpose yards. Brown made it to the College Football All-American Team two times and in 1987, he became the first wide receiver to win the Heisman Trophy. Tim Brown ended his Notre Dame career with 22 touchdowns, 137 receptions and 5,024 all-purpose yards, a record for the university.

With the sixth pick of the NFL Draft in 1988, the Los Angeles Raiders chose Tim Brown. The first season that Brown was in the NFL, he held the most yards per return average, return yards and kickoff returns in the league. He was also the leader in punt returns in the 1994 season and had the most receptions in the 1997 season. Tim Brown is a nine-time Pro Bowler, as a kick returner in 1988 and 1991 as well as a receiver from 1993 to 1997 and again in 1999 and 2001. With 224 games, Brown surpassed Gene Upshaw in '02 to gain the title of all-time leader of the Raiders. Brown also set franchise records for receiving yards, punt return yards and receptions.

Not accepting a smaller role on the offense, the Raiders released Tim Brown before the season began in 2004. Soon after, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers signed him.

Brown made the 100th receiving touchdown of his career during his first game after signing with the Buccaneers, tying for third in the league for all-time career receiving touchdowns.

So that he could retire with the team on which he played sixteen seasons of his career, in 2005 Tim Brown sign a contract with the Raiders for one day. Brown retired with the second highest total receiving yard in the history of the NFL with 14,934 yards. He is third in the league with 1,094 career receptions and 100 touchdown catches. In addition, Brown had a combined 19,682 net yards, which at the time of his retirement placed him fifth among the all-time leaders of the NFL. During his career, Tim Brown scored a total of 105 touchdowns.

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