Alec Johnson, Indianapolis Monthly | November 18, 2014
For the first four games of the 2014 NFL season, the Indianapolis Colts’ Sergio Brown was a backup behind safety LaRon Landry, a hard-hitting, high-priced free agent and former Pro Bowler. Brown, a Notre Dame alum, was undrafted out of college and unceremoniously cut by his previous team, the New England Patriots, before the start of the 2012 regular season. When the Colts picked him up, Brown was happy just to have a job and make a contribution playing special teams.
Then came September 29, when Landry was suspended four games for a failed drug test. Brown felt bad for his teammate. But he also recognized the opportunity in front of him.
He would get the start versus the Baltimore Ravens on October 5.
Brown practiced with the first-team defense all week, but reality didn’t sink in until game time. “I didn’t really even worry about it too much,” he says. “I was just like, ‘I’ll wait ’til the time comes,’ and then once I’m out there starting, it was like, ‘Oh, my God. Finally.’”
Brown had a great game, recording three tackles, deflecting a pass, and sacking Baltimore quarterback Joe Flacco on a fourth-down play.
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