BARBOURVILLE, Ky. - Former Union defensive back Bert Brown will continue his playing days as he recently signed a contract to play for the Winnipeg Blue Bombers of the Canadian Football League.
"We are excited for Bert," said Union head coach Tommy Reid. "He was a great talent for us in the secondary and on special teams. He did tremendous things for us during his time here at Union, and we wish him the best as he begins his professional career."
Brown (Daytona Beach, Fla.) was a four-year member of the Bulldogs, amassing 173 total tackles, nine interceptions, 35 pass breakups, five forced fumbles, three fumble recoveries and five blocked kicks throughout his collegiate career. He earned All-Mid-South Conference honorable mention all four years.
This past season, Brown recorded 45 total tackles and had two interceptions and 12 deflections. He ranked 17th in the NAIA in passes defended in a game at 1.300. Brown earned MSC Special Teams Player of the Week honors on Sept. 10 after blocking the potential game-winning 22-yard field-goal attempt in the closing seconds to seal the 14-13 victory over host Campbellsville (Ky.). The win is the first for Union at Campbellsville since 1995.
Brown is the second player in Union history to sign with a CFL team. In the 1990s, Tommy Oates signed with the Birmingham (Ala.) Barracudas in 1995 and played one season, recording 29 total tackles with three pass deflections, one interception and two fumble recoveries in 18 games played.
Union went 4-7 overall and 1-4 in the MSC East in 2012. The Bulldogs open the 2013 campaign at Cumberlands (Ky.) on Aug. 31.