New York Giants safety Stevie Brown emerged as a key asset in 2012 after spending the first two seasons of his career as a journeyman. Eight interceptions, 307 return yards and 11 starts made Brown a pleasant surprise on a defense that was porous for the majority of Big Blue's 2012 campaign. Today, brown was named to USA Today's All-Joe Team. The All-Joe Team is a compilations of 53 under appreciated players that have never been to a Pro Bowl, but have contributed significantly to their respective teams. It was created in honor of Kansas City Chiefs defensive linemen Joe Phillips in 1992 by USA Today Sports NFL writer Larry Weisman.
"Journeyman emerged as the third safety the Giants covet on their defense and started 11 games along the way. For good measure, Brown swiped eight passes, one off the league lead, but his 307 interception return yards were second to none."
It's hard to say that Brown was an unsung hero of any sort this season. His play was recognized by fans and he has been heralded as the replacement for Kenny Phillips at the strong safety position. Because of his performance in 2012, there's a good chance he comes into camp next season as the projected starting strong safety and an opportunity to establish himself as a premier player in this league.
On the other hand, Brown finished second in the league in interceptions and first in interception return yards. There is no tangible reason for him not being selected to the Pro Bowl, other than he just doesn't have the reputation to earn that distinction yet. Can you really say that Chris Snee, who made the Pro Bowl, had a bigger impact than Stevie Brown? Two completely different players, positions and evaluation techniques; however, Brown was undoubtedly one of the most impactful players on the defensive side of the ball this season.
It's great to see Brown get some, albeit minor recognition for his play this season. He deserves it. However, it will be interesting to see how he follows it up in 2013. With another year in the defensive scheme, he should only improve. But that remains to be seen.
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