Lost in the spotlight that rightfully shown on New York Giants rookie running back David Wilson and his record-setting night was the record-setting night of third-year safety Stevie Brown, who added two more interceptions to his team-leading total (7).
The interceptions themselves, as impressive as they are, aren't the story. The story is what Brown has done once he's gotten the ball in his hands … and that is run. In fact, he's run for 259 yards, setting a single-season franchise record that has stood since 1963 when cornerback Dick Lynch had 251 interception return yards (safety Emlen Tunnell also had 251 in 1949).
“Stevie finds the ball, or the ball finds him, one way or the other,” head coach Tom Coughlin said.
Brown's 259 interception return yards ranks him 16th all-time. Darren Sharper ranks #1 on that list with 376 interception return yards, which occurred in 2009 when he had nine interceptions as a member of the New Orleans Saints.
“I always knew I had it in myself,” Brown said. “I was just waiting for my opportunity.”
In addition to his franchise record in interception return yards, Brown's 70-yard interception return on Sunday was the longest since Kevin Dockery returned one 96-yards against the Dallas Cowboys on October 23, 2006.
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