View images of Vikings new running back Mack Brown from his days with the Redskins.
The Vikings on Monday announced that they have claimed running back Mack Brown after he was placed on waivers by Washington.
In 12 games for the Redskins – nine in 2016 and three in 2017 – Brown has recorded 111 yards on 16 carries, including a 61-yard run last season that ended in a touchdown. He also has two catches for nine yards through the air.
In addition to claiming Brown, Minnesota also waived receiver Rodney Adams and center Cornelius Edison, who was signed from the practice squad on Saturday. Safety Andrew Sendejo also returned to the 53-man roster after serving a one-game suspension.
Here are five things to know about Brown:
1. Former Florida Gator
Brown played college ball at Florida from 2010-14. He appeared in 49 games, including two starts, and played a significant role for the Gators special teams.
Over four seasons, Brown tallied 805 rushing yards and four touchdowns on 210 attempts.
2. Brown bounced around
After going undrafted, Brown was signed by the Texans in May 2015 after trying out during their rookie minicamp.
Houston waived Brown in June 2015, and he was signed by Washington in July. Between September and December of that year, Brown was released and re-signed to the practice squad twice. He signed a futures contract on Jan. 11, 2016.
Brown led the league in rushing yards with 227 during the 2016 preseason but spent the first part of the regular season on the practice squad before being promoted to Washington's 53-man roster on Oct. 28, 2016. He recorded his first career carries on offense in a Week 16 win over the Bears, during which he scored his sole pro touchdown.
3. Growing up in Georgia
Brown grew up in Lithonia, Georgia, and becomes the fourth player on Minnesota's 53-man roster to hail from The Peach State. Fellow running back Jerick McKinnon is from Marietta, less than 40 miles away from Brown's hometown.
Quarterback Kyle Sloter and defensive end Stephen Weatherly are from John's Creek and Snellville, respectively, which are each less than a 30-mile drive from Lithonia. Linebacker Antwione Williams, currently on the Vikings practice squad, grew up in Lovejoy, Georgia.
4. Shares a name
Mack Brown shares a name with former Texas Longhorns Head Coach William Mack Brown.
The coach led the Longhorns from 1998-2013, including the duration of Vikings defensive end Brian Robison's college career. The elder Brown also was a running back, playing for Vanderbilt from 1969-70 and for Florida State from 1972-73.
On Nov. 27, 2008, Brown achieved his 200th career win, making him the first Texas coach to reach that mark.
5. Notable alumni
Brown attended Martin Luther King, Jr. High School in Lithonia.
The high school has graduated other athletes who went on to play professionally in their respective sports, including former San Diego Padres center fielder Cedric Hunter and Titans safety Kevin Byard.