Going out on top: former Redblacks, Bombers linebacker Kevin Brown retires

Going out a champion is the way every athlete wants to do it, and veteran CFL linebacker Kevin Brown is doing just that, retiring after finally winning a championship.

The former Bomber and Redblack announced his retirement on Twitter.

“After strong consideration, I’ve decided to retire from the game of football,” Brown said in the first of a series of tweets.

“It has been a wild ride but a fun one to say the least. Thank you to every teammate, coach, mentor, counselor and front office staff that I’ve had the pleasure to work with during my career.”

Brown signed in Winnipeg after being cut in training camp by the Edmonton Elks, who signed the then-27-year-old in free agency that February.

Brown played seven games with the Blue Bombers in 2021, registering two defensive tackles and eight special teams tackles. He did not dress in either of the team’s playoff games, including Winnipeg’s triumph over the Hamilton Tiger-Cats in the Grey Cup.

Prior to his stint with the Blue and Gold, Brown spent three seasons with the Ottawa Redblacks from 2017-2019. In his three campaigns in the nation’s capital, Brown amassed 112 tackles, 37 special teams tackles, three sacks, two interceptions and one forced fumble.

His most productive season came in 2018 when he finished third on the team in defensive tackles with 55, second on the team in special teams tackles with 17 and helped the first-place Redblacks reach the Grey Cup for the third time in four seasons, where they would ultimately fall to the Calgary Stampeders.

The six-foot-one, 226-pound native of Indianapolis played 34 games with the University of Cincinnati, recording 50 tackles, seven passes defended, two tackles for loss, and one sack with the Bearcats.