Sep 14, 2014; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; Arizona Cardinals wide receiver Michael Floyd (15) is unable to catch a pass before New York Giants free safety Stevie Brown (27) and cornerback Walter Thurmond (24) during the game at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Robert Deutsch-USA TODAY Sports
Brown was drafted by the Raiders in 2010, but was put on the practice squad to begin the season. He wouldn’t remain there long, though, as he was promoted to the full roster after just the first week of the season. Brown would play in the remaining 15 games in a rotational role, and would finish his rookie season with 30 tackles.
Brown would be cut by the Raiders prior to the 2011 season. He was claimed by the Carolina Panthers, but was released only a few days later.
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After being out of work for a few weeks, the Indianapolis Colts would sign Brown after Week 2 of the 2011 season. Brown would serve as a depth player that year on a Colt’s team that would finish 2-14. He only appeared in 8 games that season, and only recorded a tackle in 3. He would finish with a paltry 5 tackles that year.
New York Giants
Brown started the 2012 season on the Giants after his first two seasons, but this is the year the young safety would finally shine. Brown would give a big “Howdy” to the NFL by having 7 takeaways through the first 8 weeks of the season, with 5 interceptions and 2 fumble recoveries. He would lock up a starting position in the Giants’ secondary, finishing the year with an out-of-nowhere statline of 76 tackles, 8 interceptions, 2 forced fumbles, and 2 fumble recoveries.
Many Giants fans were excited to see what Stevie could bring to the table in his second year with the team, but those hopes were soon dashed after Brown tore his ACL in the preseason. He would miss the entire 2013 season.
Due to his recovery process, Brown played sporadically throughout the 2014 season, starting some games while coming in as a backup in others. He would finish the season with 38 tackles.
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