New Orleans Saints Flashback: Derek Brown
Derek Brown was a running back for the New Orleans Saints for four seasons, from 1993-1996.
Born in Banning, California in 1971, the 5-foot-9, 205-pound Brown played college football at Nebraska, where he rushed for 2,699 yards and 23 touchdowns in his three years there, including his junior season of 1991, when he amassed 1,313 rushing yards, along with 14 touchdowns.
The Saints selected Brown in the fourth round of the 1993 NFL Draft, and got their money’s worth, as he led the team in rushing with 705 yards, while scoring twice.
In 1994, the Saints drafted running back Mario Bates, and Brown’s carries dwindled, and so did he his rushing yards, down to 489 yards, along with three touchdowns.
Brown played sparingly in the 1995 & 1996 seasons, rushing for a combined 189 yards on 62 carries, before finishing up his time with the Saints, as well as his four-year NFL career.
During his four seasons with New Orleans, Brown carried the football 388 times for 1,383 yards and six touchdowns, while catching 108 passes for 918 yards and three touchdowns.
Brown was also used sparingly as a kick returner, with five career returns for 71 yards.