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Duane Brown

Duane Anthony Brown was born in Richmond, Virginia on August 30, 1985. He attended Hermitage High School in Richmond, where he competed in track, played football and basketball, and also played saxophone in the high school’s marching band. Although he was only 250 pounds coming out of high school, Duane Brown was rated by Rivals.com as a three-start tight end prospect.

Duane Brown opted to attend Virginia Tech and initially played as a tight end under Coach Frank Beamer from 2004 to 2008. He redshirted his freshman year, but played all 13 games in 2004. During the 2004 season, Duane Brown caught his first collegiate pass which went for a touchdown against Western Michigan. In 2005, he moved to offensive tackle. During the 2005 season, he started every game and participated in 674 offensive snaps during the regular season.

Duane Brown was named to the All-Atlantic Coast Conference second team and was also voted by the Richmond Touchdown Club as the state Offensive Lineman/End of the Year in 2006. In 2007, Duane Brown moved to left offensive tackle and again was named to the All-Atlantic Coast Conference second team and was voted by the Richmond Touchdown Club as the state Offensive Lineman/End of the Year.

During the 2008 NFL Draft, Duane Brown was a first round draft by the Houston Texans and was 26th overall in the draft. He had the recognition of being the second Virginia Tech offensive lineman drafted in the first round of the NFL Draft, while the first was Eugene Chung in 1992. As a rookie, Duane Brown started all 16 games with the Texans and is the only rookie lineman to start all regular season games since Chester Pitts in 2002. His rookie year salary had a $295,000 base with a $500,000 signing bonus and a $739,000 roster bonus.

In the 2009 season, Duane Brown primarily protected Texans’ quarterback Matt Schaub’s blind side. This proved to be effective as Shaub led the NFL in 2009 with 4,770 passing yards and set Texan records with 388 points and a total of 6,129 yards. He also received a $3,630,000 option bonus in 2009.

During the 2010 season, Duane Brown started all 12 games and only allowed 6.5 sacks with zero holding penalties. However, he was suspended for 4 games and fined $149,294 for substance abuse charges. For the 2011 season, he was named by to the All-Pro second team by the Associated Press and listed on USA Today’s All-Joe Team. He was also voted to play for the 2012 Pro Bowl. During the season, he did not allow a single sack and did not commit any holding penalties.

In August 2012, Houston and Duane Brown negotiated a $53.4 million contract extension for 6 years, with a total of $22.08 million guaranteed. The contract kicked in at the end of the 2012 season. During the 2012 season, Duane Brown was named as a first team selection for the 2012 All-Pro Team and was named to play in the 2013 Pro Bowl. In the 2013 season, Duane Brown was again voted to play in the 2014 Pro Bowl.

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