Mike Brown retires after a decade in NFL and Chicago Bears legacy
In 2008, Brown was finally able to return to the secondary as a starter and played in all but one regular season game. He was not as physical or dynamic as the player he once was, but he still had a productive season on the backend where he logged 74 total tackles, eight pass deflections, and two interceptions. The year was the final in Brown's massive rookie extension, and at the end of the year, the Chicago Bears elected not to bring back Brown, who simply had too many injury concerns going forward. The safety signed a one-year deal with the Kansas City Chiefs and was able to start in all 16 games before retiring after the season.
Brown stepped away from the NFL after a decade-long career that saw nine of those years spent with the Chicago Bears. As a Bear, the Nebraska product finished with 17 interceptions, 43 pass deflections, seven fumble recoveries, 523 total tackles, and an impressive seven defensive touchdowns in 100 games. His defensive touchdown total is good enough for second-most in recorded franchise history behind only Charles Tillman.
Today, Brown, who is in his mid-40s, resides in southern California with his wife and children. He enjoys spending time with his family and enjoys his physical health. He still remains tuned in with the NFL and specifically the Chicago Bears. He holds the team and many of his teammates dearly to this day, and remains a fan favorite over two decades after his retirement.