Many Heisman Trophy winners can’t translate their collegiate prowess into a successful pro career. Tim Brown did not have that problem as the 1987 Heisman winner had a long professional career where he became a nine time Pro Bowl Wide Receiver. Although fans were always aware of the fleet footed Notre Dame alumnus, they may be unaware just how high he is in the all time receiving rankings.
The first five years of Tim Brown’s Raider career saw him be used primarily as a kick/punt returner. He did line up on offense, but he only netted 147 receptions in that time frame. Brown blossomed as a full time Wide Receiver in his sixth year and quickly panted himself as one of the top men in that position. He was gifted at working the middle of the field and finding those little cracks in defensive coverage.
Despite those skills and playing for many Raiders playoff teams, Brown was overshadowed by many other fantastic wideouts of the era. He was even in the shadow of the mighty Raiders itself as though they were still good when he played there; the team was already showing its dysfunctional head under Al Davis’ leadership which took away from the players on the field.
Tim Brown failed in his first attempt to get into the Hall, and with the many other great receivers left, he may not get in on his sophomore attempt. The odds are however strong that he will get in a quicker timeframe than it took him to become a featured receiver for the Raiders.
The Bullet Points:
Country of Origin:
Dallas, Texas, U.S.A.
Wide Receiver/Kick Returner
Los Angeles/Oakland Raiders
Tampa Bay Buccaneers
1st Round, 6th Overall in 1988
Major Accolades and Awards:
Pro Bowl Selections (9) (1988, 1991, 1993, 1994, 1995, 1996, 1997, 1999 & 2001)
Second Team All Pro Selection (1) (1997)
NFL 1990’s All Decade Team
Most Receptions (1) (1997)
Most All Purpose Yards (1) (1988)
Most Kick Return Yards (1) (1988)
Most Punt Return Yards (1) (1994)
Other Points of Note:
Top Ten Finishes: Receptions (6) (1993, 1994, 1996, 1997, 1998 & 1999)
Top Ten Finishes: Receiving Yards (5) (1993, 1994, 1995, 1997 & 1999)
Top Ten Finishes: Receiving Touchdowns (8) (1992, 1993, 1994, 1995, 1996, 1998 & 2001)
Top Ten Finishes: Receiving Yards/Game (5) (1993, 1994, 1995, 1997 & 1999)
Top Ten Finishes: Touchdowns (1) (2001)
Top Ten Finishes: All Purpose Yards (3) (1988, 1993 & 1994)
Notable All Time Rankings:
4. Receiving Yards: 14,934
4. Receptions: 1,094
4. Punt Returns: 326
5. All Purpose Yards: 19,679
5. Punt Return Yards: 3,320
6. Receiving Touchdowns: 100
16. Touchdowns: 105
17. Yards from Scrimmage: 15,124
55. Receiving Yards/Game: 58.6
Years Nominated for the Hall of Fame: