Lions will count on veteran Brown for success

Anchoring a young and talented offensive line lies 40-year old veteran Ray Brown. Entering his 18th season and second with Detroit, Brown has remains an integral part of a Lions team teeming with youth. We talked with Brown regarding retirement, and his current status on the football field.

Lions' offensive guard Ray Brown isn't cashing in anytime soon.

The 40-year old veteran, who adds valuable experience to a young Lions' offensive line, is returning for his 18th season and second with Detroit. And despite missing almost all of training camp, per the request of head coach Steve Mariucci, Brown still has the drive to stay in the league.

"Whenever I get tired of preparing to come play, I'll just leave it alone," he said. "I'll just walk away. I didn't mind getting up in the morning, going to work out and run. I just accepted that as meaning I still want to do it.

Amid questions regarding whether or not he will retire after the season, Brown remains optimistic and focused.

"I'm not going to say this is my last year. I think it would get in the way of what we're trying to do as a team and get in the way of my preparation."

Brown, along with fellow interior linemen Tony Semple (Guard) and Dominic Raiola (Center), and tackles Jeff Backus and Stockar McDougle, will look to add protection for second-year quarterback Joey Harrington. Last season, the line allowed a league-low 22 sacks.

Brown was a critical part of that success, and will continue to be as it matures under the Steve Mariucci regime.

Said Mariucci regarding Brown: "We count on him for his leadership."


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