The accolades and achievements of one of Sweetwater’s favorite sons now have a place to be remembered forever.
Sweetwater native Kippy Brown was inducted into the Tennessee Sports Hall of Fame on Saturday, June 15, marking the culmination of Brown’s standout career in athletics. He was part of a class that also featured greats Peyton Manning, Bob Tillman, George Taliaferro, Charles Davis, David Cutcliffe, Amy Adams Strunk, Kara Lawson, Kim Valek and Patrick Willis.
Brown was a standout quarterback for Sweetwater High School from 1971-1973. During that span, he led the Wildcats to the 1971 and 1972 state championships and managed an offense that led the state in scoring during the 1972 and 1973 seasons.
He then played collegiately at the University of Memphis, quarterbacking the Tigers from 1975 to 1977.
After his playing career at Memphis ended, Brown turned to coaching, holding assistant positions at Memphis and Louisville before joining Tennessee as wide receivers coach in 1983, working under head coach Johnny Majors.
Brown left the Vols in 1990 to take a position as running backs coach with the NFL’s New York Jets, but returned to Tennessee’s staff in 1993, once again serving as wide receivers coach.
Following his second stint with the Vols, Brown returned to the NFL, joining Tampa Bay’s staff in 1995 and also spending time with the Miami Dolphins, Green Bay Packers, Houston Texans and Detroit Lions. His highest assistant rank was as Miami’s offensive coordinator from 1998-1999, and he also was the head coach of the XFL’s Memphis Maniax in 2001.
Brown returned to Tennessee for the third time in 2009. He again was the Vols’ receivers coach before serving in the same position with the Seattle Seahawks from 2010-2014, winning a Super Bowl with the franchise.
The drive that runs in front of Sweetwater High School was named “Kippy Brown Way” in his honor in 2014, and Brown donated his old SHS letter jacket to the school in April.