Last June, the Chargers added former Kansas City Chiefs Pro Bowl cornerback Brandon Flowers to their secondary. Less than a year later, after leading the Chargers in interceptions and passes defensed, the Bolts made sure Flowers wasn’t going to get away, signing him to a new four-year contract that will run through 2018.
The new contract wasn’t the biggest news of the offseason for Flowers. He became a first-time dad in February when his daughter, Brynn Tylar, was born.
A native of Delray Beach, Florida, Flowers enjoys spending time with his large extended family in the Sunshine State. Though no longer married, his father, Willie, and mother, Patricia, have both been tremendous influences in his life. Willie is a former Florida State free safety who can count on one hand the number of Flowers’ games that he’s missed since he was just seven years old. It includes travel up and down the East Coast when Flowers played at Virginia Tech, and even further when he played for the Chiefs. Last March, Flowers presented Willie with a brand-new Range Rover for his 58th birthday to help ease the travel burden. Brandon’s mother raised he and his sister, Brittany, often working two jobs to provide for her children. Brittany graduated from Florida State in only three years with a degree in communications and has worked for Fox Sports.
Another role model for Flowers is former NFL cornerback Patrick Surtain. In high school, one of Flowers’ cousins dated and later married Surtain’s brother. At the time, Surtain played for the Dolphins and Flowers was fortunate enough to spend quite a bit of time with Surtain. Years later, it proved to be quite a coincidence when Flowers was drafted by the Chiefs and ended up starting opposite Surtain.
Beyond football and spending time with family, Flowers is a movie buff and a gym rat. He enjoys playing pickup football and basketball games at local parks with kids in his hometown. Flowers also is an active cyclist, believing that it helps him with his stamina and endurance.
Flowers has a personal chef and he maintains a strict diet. He has his blood levels measured and eats foods that metabolize most efficiently in his body. It’s not easy to do when your favorite meal is mom’s oxtails and gravy, or when you come from a family full of great cooks, including his dad’s steaks and his aunt’s seafood gumbo.
Flowers originally came into the NFL as a second- round pick of the Chiefs. Just seven games into his rookie season, he intercepted the first two passes of his career against the New York Jets and future Hall of Fame quarterback Brett Favre. Flowers returned one of the picks 91 yards for his first NFL touchdown and he became one of just four NFL rookies in 2008 to record multiple interceptions in a game. Flowers played six seasons in Kansas City and went to his first Pro Bowl after the 2013 season when the Chiefs went 11-5 and made their first playoff appearance since 2010. Flowers enjoyed his top statistical season with the Chiefs in 2009 when he led the squad and set career highs with five interceptions and 28 passes defensed.
TRANSACTION HISTORY: Second-round pick (35) by Kansas City, April 26, 2008...signed July 25...re-signed with Chiefs, Sept. 16, 2011 and Sept. 2, 2013...released June 13, 2014...signed with Chargers, June 25...contract expired and re-signed with Chargers, March 10, 2015.
2014: Inactive Week 2 vs. Seattle (groin)...two passes defensed in Sept. 21 win at Buffalo, including second-quarter goal-line pass breakup and near interception...interception off Jacksonville’s Blake Bortles Sept. 28 led to field goal for 27-14 lead...on series after interception, solid open-field tackle on 3rd-and-3 forced Jacksonville three-and-out...interception week later (Oct. 5) during 31-0 win over New York Jets and tied for team high with two passes defensed...tied for team lead with two passes defensed Oct. 12 at Oakland but left game with groin injury and did not return...left Oct. 19 game vs. Chiefs early in second quarter with concussion...interception on St. Louis’ first possession of game Nov. 23...led to field goal for early 3-0 lead in game Bolts would win, 27-24...paced squad with two passes defensed vs. Rams...tied team-high with two passes defensed in 34-33 win at Baltimore Nov. 30...played in 100th career game Dec. 14 vs. Denver...Team Captain Dec. 28 at Kansas City.
2013: Pro Bowl...interception and 32-yard return in Sept. 8 season-opener at Jacksonville...tied season-high with two passes defensed vs. Jaguars...season-high 10 tackles Sept. 15 vs. Dallas...inactive Sept. 29 vs. New York Giants and Oct. 13 vs. Oakland (knee)...sack and two pressures Oct. 20 vs. Houston...active but did not play Dec. 29 at San Diego...interception and 17-yard return during Jan. 4 Wild Card Playoffs at Indianapolis.
2012: Inactive Week 1 at Atlanta (foot)...interceptions Sept. 30 vs. San Diego, Oct. 7 vs. Baltimore and Nov. 25 vs. Denver...first-career sack and two tackles for loss Dec. 23 vs. Indianapolis. 2011: Interception in Sept. 11 season opener vs. Buffalo...interception and 43-yard return Sept. 25 at San Diego...second-career multi-interception game with two picks, including 58-yard touchdown return, off Carson Palmer Oct. 23 at Oakland...tied season high with four passes defensed vs. Raiders, matching total eight days later (Oct. 31) vs. Chargers. 2010: 33-yard interception return touchdown Sept. 19 at Cleveland...season-high four passes defensed Sept. 26 vs. San Francisco...inactive Nov. 28 at Seattle (hamstring)...five tackles and two passes defensed in Jan. 9 Wild Card Playoffs vs. Baltimore.
2009: Inactive (shoulder) Week 1 at Baltimore...interceptions Oct. 4 vs. New York Giants, Oct. 18 at Washington, Dec. 13 vs. Buffalo, Dec. 20 vs. Cleveland and Jan. 3 at Denver...season-long 33-yard return vs. Redskins...season-high five passes defensed in addition to Jan. 3 pick vs. Broncos.
2008: Pro Football Weekly All-Rookie Team...two interceptions Oct. 26 vs. New York Jets’ Brett Favre, returning one 91 yards for touchdown for fifth-longest in franchise history...118 total return yards vs. Jets was second-most in Chiefs history...inactive Nov. 9 at San Diego and Nov. 16 vs. New Orleans (shoulder)...season-high 10 tackles and forced fumble vs. Chargers Dec. 14.
COLLEGE: Two-time first-team All-ACC, first-team All-America by American Football Coaches Association and third-team All-America by Associated Press...played in 41 career games with 28 starts, registering 158 tackles, 17 tackles for loss, 10 interceptions for 172 yards in returns with two touchdowns...also tallied 3.5 sacks and 32 passes defensed...redshirted in 2004...played at Virginia Tech from 2005-07...sociology major.
PERSONAL: Born in Delray Beach, Florida...led Atlantic High School in Delray Beach to Class 5A state title as senior while earning all-area and all-conference honors...spent one season at Hargrave Military Academy in Chatham, Virginia before enrolling at Virginia Tech.