Brien, Doug

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Douglas Robert Zachariah Brien was a kicker for the New York Jets, from 2003 to 2004. Brien is best known for two potential game-winning field goal attempts in the final two minutes of the 2004 AFC divisional playoff game against the Pittsburgh Steelers.

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Background and college

Born November 24, 1970 in Bloomfield, New Jersey, Brien attended the University of California, Berkeley, where he set a career record for field goals with 56, breaking the mark of 50 set by former Cincinnati Bengal Jim Breech. He was also Cal's all-time leading scorer with 288 points earning All-Pac 10 accolades twice. Brien also earnedarned Pac-10 All-Academic team his junior and senior seasons and held the record for highest career field goal percentage at 80% (56-70). Brien also holds a degree in political economies of industrial societies with a minor in conservation and resource studies.

NFL Career

Before the Jets

Brien was drafted in the third round (85th overall) by the San Francisco 49ers in the 1994 NFL Draft. As a rookie, Brien won a Super Bowl ring with the 49ers after their 49-26 victory over the San Diego Chargers in Super Bowl XXIX and led the 49ers in scoring in his rookie season with 105 points, the highest total by a 49er since Mike Cofer had 111 in 1989. After 6 games of the 1995 season, Brien was waived but soon signed with the New Orleans Saints where he remained until 2000. In 2001, Brien had short spells with Indianapolis and Tampa Bay and spent 2002 with the Minnesota Vikings.

As a Jet

Brien after missing a kick against the Steelers
Brien signed with the Jets in 2003, and was regarded as not having a huge leg, but fairly relaible, which Jets fans welcomed after enduring John Hall's 'will he, wont he?' kicks the previous few years.

However, the end of the 2004 season turned into a personal hell for Brien. In the final game against St. Louis, Brien missed a 53 yard kick in overtime, costing the Jets a victory, yet they squeaked into the playoffs. Brien then missed a 33 yarder in the Wild Card game against San Diego, but did kick the winning field goal in overtime. Against the Steelers with the score tied at 17, Brien had a chance to win the game but his 47-yarder with 1:58 remaining hit the goal post. However, David Barrett's interception had the Jets in scoring position again. Then, in a bizarre decision by Herman Edwards, Chad Pennington took a kneel, losing a yard for the field goal attempt. Brien stepped up to kick 43-yarder to win it on the final play of regulation. But the kick sailed far to the left, not even close. 'I tried to hit it a little harder because I was real surprised I didn't have the distance,' Brien said, referring to the 47-yarder. 'The second one I missed. The first one didn't go in.' The Steelers won the game in overtime.

After the Jets

After a huge outpouring of anger (various parts of Brien's anatomy, including his head on a platter, appeared on sale on Ebay) in the aftermath of the defeat, Brien was unceremoniously dumped by the Jets. He signed for the Chicago Bears for the 2005 season, but after 3 games with a 25% field goal success rate, he was gone. Brien hasn't been in the NFL since.

Statistics

Regular season

 
Season FG/FGA FG Pct 1-19 20-29 30-39 40-49 50+ Long PAT PAT Pct Pts
2003 27/32 84.3 0/0 5/5 15/15 7/8 0/4 48 24/24 100 105
2004 24/29 82.3 0/0 9/10 4/6 10/11 1/2 53 33/34 97.1 105
Total 51/61 83.6 0/0 14/15 19/21 17/19 1/5 53 57/58 98.3 210

Playoffs

 
Season FG/FGA FG Pct 1-19 20-29 30-39 40-49 50+ Long PAT PAT Pct Pts
2004 3/6 100 0/0 1/1 0/1 2/4 0/0 42 4/4 100 13
Total 3/6 100 0/0 1/1 0/1 2/4 0/0 42 4/4 100 13

Personal

Brien is involved with a kicking website, selling a DVD where you too can learn to kick like him, for only $39.99.

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