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Ring of Honor: Joey Browner


Browner was the first DB drafted in the 1st round by the Vikings and the only safety besides Harrison Smith in 2012. He was selected 19th overall in 1983 from USC. He played in 138 career games for the Vikings (1983-91) and 145 total NFL games. He ranks 2nd in team history for games played by a safety and 3rd in career starts by a safety (115), trailing only Paul Krause and Karl Kassulke. He ranks 5th in Vikings history with 1,098 career combined tackles (defense and special teams), the most by a Vikings DB. He led the team tackles in 1986 and 1987.

Browner was named to the 1980 NFL Team of the Decade and All-Pro 3 times (1987, 1988, 1990). He was named to 6 consecutive Pro Bowls (1985-90), tied with Paul Krause for most Pro Bowl berths by a Vikings DS. He was inducted into the Vikings Ring of Honor in 2013.