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2010 May 17

30/1980 BEST PLAYERS: No. 12


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Welcome to Husker Locker’s “30 Best Players since 1980” portion of the Summer 30 series. Check throughout May to see our updated rankings; the previous rankings will be housed at the bottom of this blog post.

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Remember, too, to weigh in on the Best Individual Performances and Best Games since 1980. Also stay tuned for our ranking of every team, 1980-2009, at the end of the series!

No. 12 Safety Mike Brown (1996-1999)

Former defensive coordinator Charlie McBride once called Brown the best defensive player he ever coached; if those words weren’t endorsement enough, Brown’s on-field play and numbers - 287 career tackles, 17 tackles for loss, 14 pass breakups and nine interceptions - do the talking for him.

An All-American in 1999, Brown was a textbook tackler who also knew how to pack a wallop on an unsuspecting ball carrier. He started his final three seasons at NU, and his 1999 season was jaw-dropping for a safety: 96 tackles, six fumbles caused, five interceptions, five pass breakups, eight tackles for loss and two sacks. His finest game, however, was a 19-tackle performance in a 20-16 home loss to Texas.

Brown has played 10 seasons in the NFL - missing most of three because of devastating knee or Achilles’ injuries - make the pro bowl once and All-Pro another time. The testament to his greatness is this: In the last 13 years, college or pro, whenever he’s suited up - he’s started. That’s a warrior.

Check Out the Entire List!

Honorable Mention, No. 30, No. 29, No. 28, No. 27, No. 26, No. 25, No. 24, No. 23, No. 22, No. 21, No. 20, No. 19, No. 18, No. 17, No. 16, No. 15, No. 14, No. 13

Tags: 30 best players since 1980, mike brown

Comments (4)

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My personal all time #2 blackshirt behind Suh. Was there a bigger game player then Mike Brown? Ripping the ball out of Cortlen Johnson's hands at the 99 CU game should have been the game clinchingest "man strip" in the history of Husker football if not for the ill advised short side Crouch-Alexander option the very next play. (We used to call that play, "Cringe and Cuss" during that very bizarre season.)

Love Mike Brown.

– May 18, 2010 at 9:12 am

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just thought of my 11th... grant wistrom

– May 17, 2010 at 10:27 pm

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trying to guess the remaining 11. I no particular order I think it will be Suh, Frazier, Crouch, Ahman Green, Rozier, Fryar, Remington, Steinkuhler, Roger Craig and Turner Gill. Missing one... hmmmm...

– May 17, 2010 at 10:24 pm

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Coach McBride called him the best? Wow. That's awesome. We need us a couple more like the Brown boys and this D will be ruled illegal in 49 states.

– May 17, 2010 at 4:06 pm

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