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Ronnie Brown Delivers in a Big Way
Ronnie Brown is one of the most popular Chargers in the locker room, and it’s easy to see why.
He’s a consummate professional, great teammate, a coach’s dream and the type of leader teams need to win.
With Ryan Mathews and Danny Woodhead proving to be one of the most lethal running back tandem’s in the league, Brown’s touches diminished late in the season. In fact, entering Wild Card Sunday he hadn’t touched the ball since Week 15 and had just four rushes and one catch in his last five games.
But there Brown was, an unlikely Bolt powering the team to victory when they needed him the most. The nine-year veteran ran eight times for a career-high 77 yards along with one catch for nine. He also sealed the win with a 58-yard touchdown run with 2:14 remaining in the game to give the Chargers a 17 points lead for the eventual 27-10 win.
Minutes later in the celebratory locker room, a jubilant Chargers team couldn’t have been happier to see a guy like Brown come through like he did.
“I’m so happy for Ronnie,” said Head Coach Mike McCoy. “I’ve probably touched on it, but what he’s done for this football team, what he means to the team — his leadership, his knowledge of the game, his role that he’s played — he never changed. He showed up to work every day. All he does is look and help his teammates out, and that’s all you can ask. He’s a true professional — a great guy to be around. We’re very fortunate to have him. Really, for him to score like that there’s a reason for it. There is.”
Philip Rivers knows the value Brown brings to this team, so he too spoke glowingly about the veteran runner.
“It shows a lot about our team and how this league is,” he said. “Every guy is important. Ronnie Brown is a team favorite and a great teammate. He’s so unselfish. He’s dressed so many games and not played. When he’s called on, you see why he was picked high in the draft and why he’s had a heck of a career. We’re glad we got him. You saw the sideline erupt — they were excited for Ronnie Brown. It was awesome to see him go for 40-plus for the touchdown.”
Brown’s career started when he was the number two draft choice by the Miami Dolphins in 2005. Believe it or not, this was his first postseason touchdown in his illustrious career.
“It was a four-minute situation,” he said of the play. “The offensive line did a great job. I got to do the easy part and run through the hole… I know the situation being up 10. I was (thinking) ‘Do I slide? We still have a chance to run some clock.’ But I think if I get in the end zone now it’s a three possession game. So I thought get a touchdown because the defense is doing a great job.”
Not only was it his first score, it was also the first time he won a postseason game in the NFL. So how did it feel?
“It feels good!” he said with a big smile. “It feels good to give ourselves another chance and another opportunity.”
It’s a chance and opportunity the team most likely wouldn’t have had if the popular teammate didn’t turn into the unlikely hero for the Bolts.