Number four: Brandon Browner, 2011
Brandon Browner is a riddle wrapped in a mystery wrapped in a part of the Legion of Boom that helped the Seahawks win the franchises’s only Super Bowl in 2013. If one looks at Browner’s NFL statistics one might see that Browner started his career with Seattle. This is true. But John Schneider and Pete Carroll to a chance on Browner after Browner had spent time in the Canadian Football League and he was too big or too slow for an NFL corner to most teams.
But for Seattle, Browner had the nearly-perfect size. He made an immediate impact in 2011 on a Seattle team that wasn’t anywhere as good as the team would be two years later. Browner was an NFL rookie in the same year Richard Sherman was but Browner was an experienced pro due to his CFL days.
In 2011, Browner made the Pro Bowl and had 6 interceptions and returned those for 220 yards and 2 touchdowns and had 23 passes defended which led the league. In 2012, Browner had 3 more interceptions and 3 forced fumbles.
But things began to change in 2012 as well. He was suspended four games for violating the league’s policy on performance-enhancing drugs. In 2013, during Seattle’s run to the Super Bowl, Browner tested positive again and was suspended for an entire calendar year and never played for Seattle again in a regular season game.