On July 17, 2005, NFL receiver Tim Brown, signed a one-day contract with the Oakland Raiders to ensure he would retire as a member of the team he spent 16 seasons with.
Brown was taken in by the Los Angeles Raiders in the first round of the 1988 NFL draft. By the end of his career he had 1,094 receptions, 14,934 receiving yards and 100 touch downs. His six post season appearances resulted in one trip to the Super Bowl and zero rings. Despite his lack of appearances in the big game, Brown was accounted for in nine pro-bowls. He played his 17th and final season with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
Prior to being drafted to the NFL, Brown lied to his mother, saying he was in a band since she disproved of him playing football. He went on to attend Notre Dame, and was presented with the 1987 Heisman Trophy. Legendary coach Lou Holtz even told him that he might be the best player he’d ever seen. He is tied with Seattle Seahawk’s Steve Largent and only topped by teammate Jerry Rice for most career receptions.
Brown strived to be the first black majority owner of a NASCAR team after hanging his cleats up. He targeted African American companies for sponsorship but his dream fell short as he failed to find a minority driver to be the face of the team. Now a resident of Texas, Brown lives with his family and does charity work.