Doug Brown


290 lbs


6' 8"


Defensive Tackle


Simon Fraser


Sep 29th, 1974

Career Years:






Doug finished the year with 49 tackles (third most by a defensive lineman), five sacks, one forced fumble and one fumble recovery.  He continues to be on his way to being named Most Outstanding Canadian Player for the eighth time in the past ten years.  For the seventh time in his career he was named a CFL All-Star.


Brown missed the first and second week of the regular season due to illness. However, when Brown recovered from his illness he recorded 52 tackles, six quarterback sacks and one fumble recovery in 16 games. He earned division all-star honours for the sixth time in his career and was Winnipeg's nominee for Most Outstanding Defensive Player and Most Outstanding Canadian.


Brown was an anchor on the Blue Bombers defence for all 18 regular season games and the East semi-final. Brown finished the season seventh on the team with 43 defensive tackles, second on the team with 6 sacks, and added two pass knockdowns, one forced fumble, and one fumble recovery. His accolades earned him his fifth selection as a division and league all-star and he was named the East division Defensive Player of the Year.


Brown was a one of the key cogs in one of the CFL’s most dominating defences. He started 17 regular season games for the Winnipeg Blue Bombers and registered 39 defensive tackles, one special teams tackle, one fumble recovery and seven quarterback sacks, which ranked third among Bomber defenders. Brown had arguably his best game of the season on Oct. 19 versus the Calgary Stampeders. He recorded five defensive tackles and two quarterback sacks in a 27-13 win over the Stamps. His solid play in the trenches was a big factor in the Bombers ranking first in the CFL in fewest rushing TDs allowed (10), first in fewest first downs rushing allowed (99), second in fewest yards total offence allowed (5,906) and second in fewest first downs allowed (340). Brown was equally dominating in the CFL playoffs. He recorded three defensive tackles and one quarterback sack in Winnipeg’s 24-22 win over the Montreal Alouettes in the East semi-final at Canad Inns Stadium. He followed that up with another three defensive tackle performance in the Big Blue’s 19-9 win over the Toronto Argonauts in the East final at Rogers Centre. Brown was a one-man wrecking crew in the 2007 Grey Cup, his second CFL championship game as a Bomber. He recorded a team-high nine defensive tackles in a 23-19 loss to the Saskatchewan Roughriders. Brown’s solid play earned him several individual accolades. He was the Bombers’ nominee for the Rogers outstanding Canadian player award for the second straight year and the fifth time in his CFL career. Likewise, he was the runner-up as the top Canuck in the CFL for the second consecutive year. Brown was also honoured as an East division and CFL all-star team selection.


Brown enjoyed one of his finest seasons as a Bomber. Starting all 18 regular season games for the Blue & Gold, he registered 51 defensive tackles, three quarterback sacks, one special teams tackle and 55 hits. His 51 tackles ranked fifth on the team while his three QB sacks ranked fourth. Brown was equally solid in the team’s East semi-final loss to the Toronto Argonauts. He had four defensive tackles and applied constant pressure on Argo QBs Damon Allen and Michael Bishop. Brown’s strong performance didn’t go unnoticed. He was the co-winner of the CJOB defensive player of the game for his effort in the Bombers’ week 13 loss to the Saskatchewan Roughriders at Taylor Field. He was also the CFL lineman of the week for his week two performance against the Toronto Argonauts when he had one quarterback sack and three defensive tackles. The accolades continued to flow in the post-season. Brown was the Bombers’ nominee as most outstanding Canadian and was runner-up to B.C.’s Brent Johnson as the top Canuck in the CFL. He was also an East division and CFL all-star selection.


Brown dressed for 13 of the Blue Bombers' 18 games, missing five games due to a foot injury. He still managed to record 31 defensive tackles, five quarterback sacks and two tackles for losses. His five QB sacks were third best among Bomber defenders. Brown was named CJOB's Player of the Game on two occasions in '04 (Weeks 1 and 7).


Brown was the football club's 2004 Most Outstanding Canadian and Most Outstanding Defensive Player of the year. Brown was a model of durability, playing in all 18 regular season games. The CFL's Most Outstanding Defensive Player in 2004, he had 40 tackles, three quarterback sacks and four fumble returns for a total of two yards. Brown's best game of the year came against the Edmonton Eskimos on Oct. when he recorded eight tackles and one quarterback sack.


Brown appeared in 18 regular-season games for Winnipeg as well as the 2003 West Division Semifinal. Brown was named CJOB's Defensive Player of the Game four times in ‘03: Week 4 (Winnipeg vs. Saskatchewan, July 10, 2003), Week 11 (37th Labour Day Classic, Winnipeg @ Saskatchewan, Aug. 31, 2003), Week 13 (Winnipeg @ Calgary, Sept. 14, 2003) and Week 18 (Winnipeg vs. Edmonton, Oct. 25, 2003). Brown finished the season with 33 defensive tackles, four quarterback sacks for 23 yards lost, four tackles for a loss of six yards, one fumble return, one pass knockdown and one special teams tackles.


No one defined Most Outstanding Canadian Player better than Brown. He picked up where he left off in 2001, showcasing his exceptional abilities in every contest. The Football Reporters of Canada named Brown the club's Most Outstanding Canadian in 2002. The nomination was the second for Brown, who was the CFL's Most Outstanding Canadian Player in 2001. Like in 2001, the Blue Bombers defence led the league in fewest first downs, fewest rushing first downs, fewest yards rushing and fewest yards of total offence. The FRC also named Brown to the CFL All-Star Team and the West Division All-Star Team. The CFL all-star selection was the second for Brown, who was a CFL and East Division All-Star in 2001. Brown also earned his second straight CFLPA Divisional All-Star honor, as he was a member of the CFLPA East Division Team in 2001.


Brown's debut season in the CFL was also his debut season playing by Canadian rules. That didn't prevent him from having an outstanding year. He dominated in his CFL debut. Against the Calgary Stampeders at McMahon Stadium, Brown had two defensive tackles, a quarterback sack and a fumble recovery that he took 22 yards to the end zone for his first-ever touchdown. The CFL named Brown its Player of the Week in the lineman category for that Week 1 performance. One of his other notable efforts of the season came in Week 12. Brown was a man among boys, with his dominating line play against the Montréal Alouettes. He established the defensive tempo on the game's second play from scrimmage, when he tackled Montréal quarterback Anthony Calvillo for an eight-yard loss. He recorded another sack of Calvillo in the third quarter. Despite all the extra attention he received from opponents, Brown finished the season with seven quarterback sacks. That total was tops on the Blue Bombers and good enough for 7th spot in the CFL. Brown added another sack in the Grey Cup, hauling down Marcus Crandell on Calgary's first offensive series. The CFL noticed what he accomplished, naming him the Most Outstanding Canadian in the CFL for 2001. Brown was one of three Blue Bombers players to win major CFL awards and one of four Big Blue guys to take East Division honors in 2001. Brown appeared in every Blue Bomber game in 2001: the 18 regular-season outings plus the East Division Final and the Grey Cup. He made the most of his first CFL season, as he established himself as one of the league's premier defenders. The Stampeders originally selected Brown in the 1st Round (5th Overall) in the 1997 Canadian College Draft. Ironically, Calgary obtained that selection from the Blue Bombers in exchange for Bobby Pandelidis. Just as ironic is the fact that the Stamps used the 1st Round selection in the 2002 Draft to obtain defensive tackle Jon Oosterhuis, who became a Blue Bomber later in the year.


Brown appeared in 10 games for the NFL's Washington Redskins. The highlight of his season was a powerful game in Washington's season finale against the Miami Dolphins, in which he had a tackle for a loss and a fumble recovery.


Brown enjoyed a breakout year in 1998 as a member of the Redskins. He had a single-game high that season of eight defensive tackles against conference rival Philadelphia Eagles. He appeared in a total of 10 games for the Redskins that season.


Brown went straight to the NFL following his college career. He signed with the Buffalo Bills as a rookie free agent in ‘97 and spent the entire season on their practice squad.


Brown was a college standout as a member of the Simon Fraser University Clansmen. In his senior year of 1996, he totaled 55 defensive tackles and 8.5 quarterback sacks to earn NAIA All-American honors. His defensive dominance also led to his selection as the College Football Association's Defensive Player of the Year. Brown recorded 36 defensive tackles and eight quarterback sacks as a junior. He was a First-Team All-Conference All-Star in both his junior and senior seasons. At SFU, Brown played with future CFLers Keith Hiscox, Petar Pejovic and Doug Petersen.


Brown has established himself as the king of all Winnipeg media. He writes a regular column in the Winnipeg Free Press. He is also the host of his own live call-in radio show, Doug Brown’s Spin Zone, which is broadcast on CJOB 680 AM. Brown is also one of the team’s most sought after guest speakers.