In 2012, New York Giants safety Stevie Brown burst onto the scene in place of the injured Kenny Phillips and delivered in a big way. He racked up a position-best eight interceptions with 11 passes defended, 76 tackles and two forced fumbles.
Heading into the 2013 season, he was a surefire starter alongside Antrel Rolle at safety. And then he torn his ACL.
Now, Brown is working to return from the devastating injury he suffered in a preseason game against the Jets that forced him to miss all of last season. Brown and the Giants are hopeful he can be the same player—or better—he was two seasons ago.
It’s never easy to bounce back for an ACL injury. Luckily for Brown, sports medicine has come a long way in such a short amount of time and a torn ACL is no longer a career ender like it once was.
In 465 snaps, Brown allowed just 17 receptions for 259 yards and one touchdown during the 2012 season. He was a turnover machine, forcing takeaways left and right and really helped alleviate some pressure off an otherwise lackluster Giants defense.
But this year’s defense looks spectacular on paper. With a much-improved secondary, a good and healthy Brown would really solidify the unit as one of the best in the league and could make the Giants a legitimate contender in the NFC.
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