Tim Brown is a retired wide receiver who played in the National Football League for sixteen years with the Oakland Raiders. During his time with this team, he established himself as one of the League's best receivers, earning the title of Mr. Raider.
Even with all of his successes, the 13 year NFL veteran knows he has taken hold of something much more valuable than any award or accomplishment -- a relationship with Jesus Christ. "When it's all said and done it's not this game that counts," said Brown. "It's the game of life and if you're living your life for Christ."
Brown, who is one of only three players in NFL history to gain more than 1,000 receiving yards in a season for seven consecutive years (1993-1999), makes Christ a constant focus in his life. "God's been good to me all my life," said the Raiders 1988 first round draft choice, the sixth pick overall. "Sometimes I marvel at what He's done for me and I try to figure out how I can pay Him back. The only way I can do that is to keep living for Him." While some players opt to bring Bible scriptures with them onto the field, Brown says knowing God is always with him (Hebrews 13:5) is all the inspiration he needs. "I'm constantly reminded every time I catch a pass and am able to get up and go back to the huddle I've been blessed," Brown said.
Brown holds a handful of Raider team records and led the AFC is receiving yards three straight years (1993-1995). One of the toughest and most durable receivers in the NFL, Brown has earned the respect of his peers. Some believe that Christian athletes are not as tough as others and Brown has made sure that misconception is squashed. "Anybody who plays against me knows, you're going to get a dogfight the whole game," said Brown, who also holds the NFL rookie-season record for the most combined yards gained with 2,317 in 1988. "I don't take any mess our there. I have to play a very physical game and make sure people know just because I'm a man of God I'm not going to let you walk on over me."
Instead, Brown is intent on running right past his opponents and directly into the loving arms of Christ.