Brown signed on 12-6-12 with Bengals, following a practice-week injury to K Mike Nugent ... Kicked in Cincinnati’s last four games, and in Wild Card playoff ... In his third game as a Bengal, converted game-winning FG (43 yards) at Pittsburgh with :04 remaining, sealing a playoff berth ... Went 11-for-12 on FG attempts in regular season and two-for-two in playoff game ... Named AFC Special Teams Player of the Month for December ... Prior to joining Bengals, played in all 152 possible games of his career, including postseason, from 2003-11, spending five seasons with Seattle (2003-07) and four with St. Louis (‘08-11) ... Has 1003 career points, and is 231-for-284 (81.3 percent) on FGs ... Has 76 points in 10 career postseason games, going 18-for-21 on FGs.
CAREER TRANSACTIONS: Selected by Seattle in seventh round of 2003 NFL Draft (222nd overall) ... Signed with Seattle on 6-23-03 ... Re-signed with Seattle as restricted free agent on 4-10-06 ... Designated as Seattle franchise player on 2-22-07, and re-signed with Seahawks on 5-2-07 ... Signed with St. Louis as unrestricted free agent on 3-1-08 ... Released by St. Louis on 4-30-12 ... Signed with N.Y. Jets as free agent on 5-2-12 ... Released by Jets on 8-27-12 ... Signed with Bengals as free agent on 12-6-12.
2012 RECAP: Released by St. Louis on April 30 ... Signed with New York Jets on May 2, and went three-for-four on FGs in preseason ... Released by Jets on 8-27-12 ... Signed with Bengals on 12-6-12 ... Went 11-for-12 on FGs through four Bengals games (Games 13-16) ... Four-for-four on FGs (25, 33, 25 and 52 yards) Dec. 9 vs. Dallas, and all six of his kickoffs reached the end zone, with five going for touchbacks ... Two-for-two on FGs (24 and 32 yards) Dec. 13 at Philadelphia ... Two-for-three on FGs Dec. 23 at Pittsburgh, including 43-yard FG with :04 remaining to put Bengals ahead to stay, 13-10 ... Three-for-three on FGs (47, 32, 38) Dec. 30 vs. Baltimore ... Made both FG tries (34 and 47) in Wild Card playoff at Houston on 1-5-13.
AFC'S BEST: Brown was named by NFL as AFC Special Teams Player of the Month for December ... Connected on 11 of 12 FGs (91.7 percent) and eight of eight PATs for 41 points, and his 43-yarder with four seconds left Dec. 23 at Pittsburgh clinched a playoff berth for the Bengals ... His only FG miss was a 56-yard attempt in the same game at Heinz Field, where, since it opened in 2001, no one had connected on an attempt longer than 52 yards.
GAME-WINNERS: Brown has made eight career game-winning FGs in the final minute of regulation or in overtime, including tied-for NFL-record four in 2006 for Seattle team that won NFC West championship. His most recent one—a 43-yarder 12-23-12 at Pittsburgh—sealed a 13-10 win with :04 to play and clinched playoff berth for Bengals.
BIG LEG, AND ACCURATE: Brown’s past coaches have not been reluctant to send him out for long FG attempts. He has 43 career tries of 50 yards or more, an average of 4.8 per year, and with 28 made he has a 65.1 success rate. Only two active kickers have more career 50-plus FGs, Jason Hanson at 52 and Sebastian Janikowski at 40. And Brown’s accuracy rate from 50-plus tops both Hanson (56.5) and Janikowski (55.6).
BROWN GOES DOWNTOWN: Playing for St. Louis on Nov. 1, 2009 at Detroit, Brown completed a 36-yard TD pass to TE Daniel Fells in a game the Rams won by seven (17-10). Brown’s pass came with less than a minute left in the first half and extended a 3-2 St. Louis lead to 10-2. The play stands as the only pass attempt of his career.
MORE FROM PREVIOUS SEASONS: 2003—Scored 114 points as a rookie for Seattle team that went 10-6 and earned Wild Card playoff berth ... Career-long 58-yard FG Oct. 5 at Green Bay ... Made both FG attempts in NFL postseason debut 1-4-04 at Green Bay.
2004—Posted career-best 92.0 accuracy reading on FGs, making 23-of-25 for Seattle club that won NFC West title ... Made both FG tries, with long of 47, in Wild Card playoff loss to St. Louis.
2005—Voted a Pro Bowl alternate while scoring 110 points for Seattle team that finished 13-3 for NFC West title and advanced to Super Bowl XL (lost to Pittsburgh) ... Named NFC Special Teams Player of the Week for his performance in 13-10 win Oct. 23 vs. Dallas, as he kicked a 55-yarder, followed by a game-winning 50-yarder as time expired ... Five-for-eight on FGs in postseason.
2006—Tied an NFL record with four game-winning FGs in final minute of regulation or overtime for Seahawks team that won NFC West and one postseason game ... Game-winners were 42 yards in 9-6 win Sept. 10 at Detroit, 54-yards in 30-28 win Oct. 15 at St. Louis, 38 yards in 24-22 win Nov. 12 vs. St. Louis and 50 yards in 23-20 win Dec. 3 at Denver ... Three-for-three on FGs in postseason, including two in 21-20 playoff win 1-6-07 vs. Dallas.
2007—Scored career-high 127 points with 28 FGs and 43 PATs for Seahawks, who went 10-6 for NFC West title and won a Wild Card playoff vs. Washington ... Perfect in two postseason games, going two-for-two on FGs in win vs. Redskins and loss at Green Bay.
2008—In first season with St. Louis after signing as UFA, he posted career highs to that point in FGs made (31) and attempted (36) ... Posted high accuracy despite having eight attempts of 50-plus yards, six which he made ... Named by NFL as NFC Special Teams Player of the Month for October.
2009—Rams afforded him career-low 24 FG attempts (19 made) ... With 73 points, failed to score 100 for first time in career ... For second straight year, he made six FGs of 50-plus yards.
2010—After slow 2009 season with Rams, had busiest career season on FGs, getting 39 chances for St. Louis with career-high 33 made ... Made at least two FGs in 13 of 16 games ... Had what stands today as the only true miss on a PAT in his career, occurring Nov. 28 at Denver when PAT attempt hit left upright (the other of his two misses was blocked).
2011—Finished 21-for-28 on FGs for Rams, and 18-for-18 on PATs ... Made his only FG try, from 38 yards, in team’s first win, Oct. 30 vs. New Orleans ... Score vs. Saints gave Rams 3-0 lead in second quarter ... Two-for-two on FGs Nov. 13 at Cleveland, with 34-yarder at 7:42 of fourth quarter lifting Rams from 12-10 deficit to 13-12 final winning margin.
ODDS AND ENDS: Brown has 27 career special teams tackles ... Five career punts for 24.8 average ... Among all NFL kickers since 1970 with at least five postseason games, his 7.7 points per game ranks fifth.
COLLEGE: Finished his Nebraska career ranked third on school’s scoring list (315) ... First-team All-Big 12 selection as a senior by league’s coaches and Kansas City Star ... Set an NCAA bowl record on 12-30-00 when he kicked nine (of nine) PATs in 66-17 romp over Northwestern.
PERSONAL: Hometown is Foyil, Okla. ... Attended Foyil High School, where in eight-man football he played RB, S and KR in addition to punting and placekicking duties ... Made a career-long 61-yard FG in state playoffs ... Rushed for 1891 yards and 51 TDs ... Also earned three basketball letters in high school and was a two-time Class A state champion in high jump, with career best of 6’8’’ ... Married (wife Molly) with two sons (Kobe and Kemper) and a daughter (Georgia) ... Has instituted the Josh Brown Giving Project, whose mission statement is “to improve the quality of life for your youth, increase physical activity and find a cure for cystic fibrosis” ... Also works with Baskets for Hope, which delivers baskets to children who have recently been diagnosed with cancer or other serious illnesses.