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Gary Brown
Running Backs
College:
Penn State
Experience:
5
The Dallas Cowboys announced Gary Brown as the club’s running backs coach on February 8, 2013. Brown comes to Dallas after spending five years in the same capacity with the Cleveland Browns.
The Dallas Cowboys announced Gary Brown as the club’s running backs coach on February 8, 2013. Brown comes to Dallas after spending five years in the same capacity with the Cleveland Browns.

In 2012, Brown worked with rookie running back Trent Richardson, the third overall pick in the 2012 NFL Draft, marking the highest pick the team has ever used on a running back. Richardson finished the season with 1,317 yards from scrimmage, 950 rushing yards, 11 rushing touchdowns, 12 total touchdowns and 72 points, all Browns rookie records. In addition, his three 100-yard rushing performances tied a Browns rookie record. Richardson also finished second on the team with 51 receptions, which was the fifth-most by a Browns rookie.

The Browns started three different players at running back over the course of 2011. This included four starts by Chris Ogbonnaya, who began the season on Houston’s practice squad. Ogbonnaya led the team in rushing five times on the year and finished with a 4.6-yard average (73-334) per-rush-attempt, the highest figure for a Brown with more than 70 rushing attempts since Eric Metcalf put together a 4.7 mark (129-611) in 1993.

In 2010, Brown oversaw a backfield led by Peyton Hillis, who joined Hall of Famers Jim Brown and Leroy Kelly as the only Browns to record 11 or more rushing touchdowns in a single-season. Hillis rushed for 1,177 yards, a figure that ranked seventh in the AFC and 11th in the NFL.

In Brown’s first season tutoring the team’s running backs, Jerome Harrison led the club with 862 yards rushing, after he had amassed 448 yards in his first three NFL seasons combined. He rushed for 570 yards and five touchdowns on 113 carries (5.0) over the final four games, the second-highest total in the NFL over the final quarter of the season. His total included a Browns single-game record 286 yards at Kansas City (12/20), as he snapped Jim Brown’s previous club mark of 237, which he reached twice.

As a team, the Browns averaged 4.2-yards per-rush-attempt in 2009 and 4.0 in 2010, marking the first time the club has averaged 4.0 or better in consecutive seasons since 2002-03.

Prior to joining Cleveland, Brown spent six seasons coaching on the collegiate level. He spent the 2008 season as the running backs coach at Rutgers University, where he helped the Scarlet Knights to an 8-5 mark and a victory in the Papajohns.com Bowl. Under Brown’s tutelage, the trio of Kordell Young, Jourdan Brooks and Joe Martinek combined for 1,474 rushing yards, a 4.9-yard average-per-attempt and 15 rushing touchdowns in 2008.

Brown spent two seasons (2006-07) as offensive coordinator at Susquehanna University, where in 2007 sophomore running back Dave Paveletz produced the second-highest single-season rushing total in program history and was named first-team All-Liberty League.

Brown got his start in the coaching profession immediately following an eight-year NFL career as a player when he served as the offensive coordinator at Williamsport (Pa.) Area High School from 2000-02. He then broke into the college ranks as the running backs coach at Lycoming College (2003-05).

In addition to his collegiate positions, Brown also helped coach the running backs at New York Giants training camp in 2005, then worked with the Green Bay Packers in 2006 and Carolina Panthers in 2007 as part of the NFL's Minority Coaching Fellowship program.

Brown enjoyed a four-year career at Penn State (1987-90), where as a sophomore, he led the Nittany Lions in rushing yards with 689 yards and six touchdowns on 136 carries (5.1 avg.)

A native of Williamsport, Pa., Brown played eight seasons in the NFL (1991-95, 1997-99) after being selected in the eighth round of the 1991 NFL Draft by the Houston Oilers. In his career, he played for the Oilers (1991-95), Chargers (1997) and Giants (1998-99). During that time he ran for 4,300 yards and 21 touchdowns on 1,023 carries and caught 84 passes for 631 yards and three scores in 99 games. He rushed for 1,000 yards twice, including 1,002 in 1993 and 1,063 yards in 1998. His feat in 1993 was accomplished while playing in just eight games.

Brown went on to earn his degree in sports administration from Lock Haven University in 2005. He and his wife, Kim, have two daughters, Malena and Dorianna, and a son, Tre.

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