Joshua Clell Brown, professionally known and referred to as Josh Brown, is a former football fielder who was drafted into the 2003 NFL Draft and has played for top teams such as the Seattle Seahawks, the Cincinnati Bengals, the St. Louis Rams, and the New York Giants.
The New York Giants were the last team Josh played for, but they had to let him go in October 2015 after he publicly admitted to an abusive relationship with his wife Molly Brown. Here you can find everything you need to know about the Oklahoma-born former player.
Josh Brown’s Brief Bio
Brown was born on April 29, 1979, in Tulsa, Oklahoma. The names of his parents and siblings (if he has any) are not known, and he is a graduate of Foyil High School. Josh started playing soccer early, shortly after his family moved away from Tulsa. At that time he was in eighth grade. Before going pro, Josh Brown also played college football in Nebraska.
Brown’s professional career began in 2003 after he was drafted by the Seattle Seahawks in the 2003 NFL Draft, finishing in 222nd place overall. Later in October, Josh scored a 58-yard field goal in the game against the Green Bay Packers that is still the longest and best goal of his career.
In another game against the Green Bay Packers, which was his post-season debut, Brown scored all three PATs and two field goals. In October 2004, he scored a 35-yard point against the St. Louis Rams for the first time in his career.
He remained with the Seahawks until the end of the 2007 season. In January 2008 he signed with the St. Louis Rams. The new contract made him the highest-paid kicker of that time. During his time with the Rams, he scored four field goals (including the 49-year-old who helped them win a game against the Washington Redskins). He also scored a 36-yard touchdown pass and a 60-yard field goal.
Unfortunately, his $14.2 million five-year contract with the Rams was terminated in April 2012 as the team prepared to sign Greg Zuerlein in the 2012 NFL Draft. He signed a contract with the New York Jets that lasted from May to August 2012.
In December, the Cincinnati Bengals signed him to replace Mike Nugent, who was injured at that time. On 23 December, Josh Brown beat Billy Cundiff and Neil Rackers to score a field goal in a game against the Pittsburgh Steelers that saw the Bengals compete in the playoffs for the first time in nearly three decades.
The following season, he signed with the New York Giants, scoring 23-26 field goals and 31-31 extra points in his first season with the New York Giants. At the end of the season, he set a 45-year record in a game against the Detroit Lions and five field goals in a game against the Philadelphia Eagles – a record for his career.
In 2014, Brown signed a two-year contract with the Giants worth $2.6 million, and this season he scored 24 of 26 field goals and converted all 44 of his extra points. After his contract with the Giants expired, he became a freelancer in 2015, and in April 2016 it was announced that Josh had signed a $4 million two-year contract with the Giants. In August, however, he received a suspension from the NFL for one game due to alleged violations of the league’s conduct policy.
In October, the Washington Sheriff’s Office released documents in which Josh Brown admitted to verbal and physical abuse of his then-wife, Molly Brown. After the documents came out, John Mara, co-founder of the Giants, declared that Brown was not signed again until after he admitted to having abused his wife in the past.
After several points of criticism, the NFL had to put Brown on the commissioner’s list of exceptions the next day as the documents were further reviewed, and the Giants benched Josh Brown for their seventh-week match against the Los Angeles Rams in London and promised to review his case after the game.
The Giants had to dismiss Brown on 25 October 2016. In a statement that day, the Giants apologized for their “misguided” approach to the case. They added that he was free to sign with any other team and that he would be put back on the exception list pending the NFL investigation.
In 2017, he received an additional six-time ban as a freelancer after the NFL continued its investigation into an earlier domestic violence case. The ban has now been lifted and Brown is free to sign with an NFL team again, but unfortunately, no team has signed him up yet.
Divorce From Wife, Molly Brown
The former NFL star was married to Molly Brown from 2008 to 2016. The couple had to separate in 2015 due to allegations that Molly had physically assaulted her husband more than 20 times.
She said that Josh became abusive after she became pregnant with her daughter. She first reported the case in May 2013 after claiming her husband grabbed her wrist during an argument.
Upon her arrival, police found evidence of a domestic assault and arrested him. Five days later the charges were dropped. Josh admitted to abusing his wife, although he insisted that it was not physical.
Their divorce was finalized in December 2016. Brown was sentenced to pay Molly $15,000 a month in spousal support and $4,000 a month in child support for 24 months. Molly was granted custody of her daughter, and Josh was allowed to visit her.
Other Facts About Josh Brown
The former NFL is quite on the tall side, he stands at 6 ft 0 in, that is, 1.83 meters and weighs 202 lbs (92 kg).
His net worth is currently estimated at $2.5 million.
He has a degree in Communications from the University of Nebraska.