INDIANAPOLIS – Colts fans know
Week-after-week, Brown lives on a “no-rules” island, fighting through hand-grabbing, double and triple teams, to continually flip field position.
His determination helped
Brown has carved out an NFL career as one of the top special teams players in the game but he wants more.
On Tuesday, the Colts re-signed their special teams ace and while Brown acknowledges and appreciates that label, he hopes fans will know him as something else in 2014.
“Ultimately, I want to contribute and show the Indianapolis Colts I have what it takes to be a starting safety in this league,” Brown said on Tuesday night.
“I want to go out there and compete and be a difference maker just like I was on special teams, but now on defense.”
The 2014 season will be Brown’s fifth in the NFL and the former Notre Dame standout has started just three games at safety (with New England in 2011) in his career.
Colts fans embraced the campaign to try and get Brown to Hawaii last year thanks to what he did in his 313 special teams snaps in 2013.
Now, Brown wants to see his 26 defensive snaps from last year increase.
“I think it’s great what I was able to do in a special teams realm,” Brown said.
“To be honest though, I’m trying to take the next step and trying to use that as my basement and hopefully contribute even more to the Colts organization this year.”
Antoine Bethea and his 96 straight starts at the safety position will not be at the Colts dispense in 2014.
There’s an open starting spot next to
“It attracted me to come back to Indy when you figured out that Antoine might not be back because there’s more of an opportunity for me to grow as a defender,” Brown said.
“It’s really exciting for me and I’m sure it’s exciting for Delano as well to show everybody in Colts nation of what we have to offer to be a starting safety in the NFL.”
One distinction Brown holds over virtually every player in the NFL is experiencing the playoffs in each of his first four seasons in the league.
No matter what role he finds this season, Brown just wants to be on the field come February 2015.
“We want to tackle the division, we want to sweep the division, then we want to worry about home field,” Brown said of the team goals for this year.
“When people come to Indy and try to play in that Blue Hole it’s really crazy. Once we do that, the sky’s the limit. We want to hoist that Lombardi Trophy.”