Ruben Parnell Brown
(born February 13, 1972 in Englewood, New Jersey
) is a former American football guard
of the National Football League
. He was drafted by the Buffalo Bills
14th overall in the 1995 NFL Draft
. He played college football
Brown played nine seasons for the Bills and four more for the Chicago Bears
, starting all 181 games in which he played. He was a four-time All-Pro
and nine-time Pro Bowl
selection, including eight consecutive Pro Bowl selections with the Bills from 1996 to 2003. He is the older brother of former NFL linebacker Cornell Brown
Brown gained acclaim as the starting left guard for the Buffalo Bills
. Brown was named to eight consecutive AFC Pro Bowl
teams from 1996 to 2003.
In the final game of the 2003 season, the Bills sent Brown home, causing him to miss his first start since 1999. Brown was released by the Bills after the 2003 season.
Brown then signed with the Chicago Bears
in 2004. That season, he started only nine games due to injuries. He had a revival in his career in the 2006 season after the Bears made the Super Bowl
, and was named to the 2007 Pro Bowl
. In 2007, Brown played in 8 games before being placed on injured reserve
by the Bears on November 8, 2007 due to an injured shoulder.
Brown became a free agent
after the 2007 season. He had stated he would like to return to the Bears in the future but was uncertain whether he would actually return, commenting that he... Read More