A four-time Pro-Bowler and one-time first-team All-Pro, Duane Brown is, at 35 years old, having one of the best seasons of his career. Despite regularly sitting out one day of practice every week and being limited on other days to manage his workload, and in particular a knee that caused him to miss games late last season, Brown has started every game and played nearly every snap this season minus the fourth quarter of Sunday’s blowout win over the Jets. And it isn’t like Brown is barely managing to get through games; he’s playing at an incredibly high level.
According to Pro Football Focus, Brown has been the fifth best tackle in the NFL this year and his 88.4 grade is the second best of his career, trailing only his All-Pro 2012 campaign. Brown has had only one penalty enforced all year, a false start—he was called for what he described as a “ticky-tack” hold last week but it was declined—and has allowed only two sacks according to PFF.
“He’s amazing,” Seahawks coach Pete Carroll said. “He’s an amazing member of this club in a number of ways, but one of the ways is just his work ethic, it’s so obvious. He’s the strongest guy out here and he’s the hardest working guy, he’s smart as you get, as tough as you can get. He really stands for something; these guys really respect the heck out of them. And to just keep coming back—he isn’t able to practice all week long in preparation, and to maintain an edge and play under those circumstances is difficult. He’s just a very special and a very unique player.”
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