(Born on February 27, 1969) -- Consider yourself one of the all-time Buffalo sports experts if this name rings any sort of bell. The obvious hint is that he played football, but not the kind of football you’re considering.
Brown played high school football at Muskegon High (Mich.), where he won a state championship. Then it was on to Grand Rapids Community College and Michigan State. Brown started as wide receiver in 1989 and as a defensive back in 1990.
That sort of two-way ability was perfect with the Arena Football League. He joined the Tampa Bay Storm, and won a championship in 1991. Brown also won titles there in 1993 and 1995.
Eventually Brown came to the Buffalo Destroyers. He caught 48 passes in his first year here in 1999, and stayed for three more seasons. The team eventually named its “big hit” award after him.
“Downtown” moved into coaching from there. He’s apparently found a home at Grand Valley State, serving as the running backs coach for the past three years.
--- Budd Bailey