Ted Brown (American Football)
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Ted Brown American Football

Ted Brown
No. 23
Position:Running back
Personal information
Born: (1957-02-15) February 15, 1957 (age 63)
High Point, North Carolina
Height:5 ft 10 in (1.78 m)
Weight:206 lb (93 kg)
Career information
High school:T. Wingate Andrews
(High Point, North Carolina)
College:NC State
NFL Draft:1979 / Round: 1 / Pick: 16
Career history
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics
Rushing yards:4,546
Rushing average:4.1
Rushing TDs:40
Player stats at NFL.com
Player stats at PFR

Thomas Edward "Ted" Brown (born February 15, 1957) is a former American college and professional football player who was a running back in the National Football League (NFL) for eight seasons during the late 1970s and 1980s. Brown played college football for North Carolina State University, where he was recognized as an All-American. He was a first-round pick in the 1979 NFL Draft, and played professionally for the NFL's Minnesota Vikings. Brown's son, J. T. is currently a forward with the NHL's Minnesota Wild.

Early years

Brown was born in High Point, North Carolina. He attended T. Wingate Andrews High School.[1]

College career

By the time Brown graduated from North Carolina State University in 1978, he had set the Atlantic Coast Conference career rushing record with 4,602 yards and the single game rushing record with 251 yards against Penn State in 1977. He was an All-ACC pick for all four years in college and a consensus All-American in 1978.[2]

College statistics

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ACC record
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NCAA Record
Bold Career high
College rushing & receiving statistics* [3]
Season School Games Att Yds Avg TD Rec Yds Avg TD
Team Rushing Receiving
1975 NC State 10 142 913 6.4 12 16 160 10.0 1
1976 NC State 11 198 1,088 5.5 13 25 239 9.6 0
1977 NC State 11 218 1,251 5.7 13 24 164 6.8 1
1978 NC State 11 302 1,350 4.5 11 17 197 11.6 0
Career NC State 43 860 4,602 5.4 49 82 760 9.3 2

* Includes bowl games.

In 2013, Brown was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame.[4]

Professional career

The Minnesota Vikings chose Brown in the first round (sixteenth pick overall) of the 1979 NFL Draft, and he played for the Vikings from 1979 to 1986.

In December 1981, Brown accidentally shot himself while handling a loaded revolver. The injury required surgery to remove bullet and wood fragments from his upper thigh. There was a question of whether he would be able continue his career in football.[5]

Brown was inducted into the North Carolina Sports Hall of Fame in 1995.


After retiring from football, Brown became a juvenile probation officer in Saint Paul, Minnesota.[6] His son, J. T., is also a professional athlete; he currently plays with the Minnesota Wild of the National Hockey League.


  1. ^ "T.W. Andrews Names Inaugural Class for School Hall of Fame". nchsaa.org. October 9, 2014. Retrieved 2018.
  2. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on June 11, 2012. Retrieved 2011.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  3. ^ "Ted Brown college statistics". College Football at Sports-Reference.com. Retrieved 2019.
  4. ^ Patterson, Chip (May 7, 2013). "Frazier, Testaverde lead 2013 College Football Hall of Fame class". cbssports.com. Retrieved 2018.
  5. ^ https://news.google.com/newspapers?nid=1876&dat=19820105&id=GYQgAAAAIBAJ&sjid=5c4EAAAAIBAJ&pg=3541,1000163
  6. ^ "LEGENDARY BACK TED BROWN REPRESENTS PACK". gopack.com. December 2, 2010. Retrieved 2018.

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