Donald Brown: Indianapolis Colts

Donald Brown became a member of the Indianapolis Colts when Bill Polian and Jim Caldwell selected him with the 27th pick in the 1st round of the 2008 NFL Draft.

A decorated two-sport athlete while at Red Bank Catholic High School in New Jersey, Brown opted to attend the University of Connecticut over Big Ten powerhouse Wisconsin. His decision paid immediate dividends, as he was given the opportunity to start midway through his freshman season. He rushed for 199 yards and two touchdowns in his debut, and went on win 2nd team All-Big East honors.

After an injury plagued sophomore season, Brown bounced back to lead the nation in rushing yards on his way to winning the Big East Offensive Player of the Year award in his junior year. His 2,083 yards made him just the 14th player in FBS history to rush for over 2,000 yards in a single season. Brown was the second running back taken in the draft (behind only Knowshon Moreno), and became the highest selected player in Connecticut school history.

Not known as a standout in any one physical category, Brown has been praised for his intelligence and ability to “do it all.” He impressed Indianapolis sports fans that follow the Colts by ripping off a 38-yard run in his initial appearance in Lucas Oil Stadium. While Joseph Addai is the starter, Brown’s carved out a very important role with the team during his rookie season, and his ability to break long gainers is an element Indianapolis was previously lacking.