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Former Cal Poly QB Brown signs free-agent deal with Cowboys

Cal Poly quarterback Chris Brown rushed and passed for more than 3,000 yards in his career. On Saturday, he signed a free-agent deal with the Dallas Cowboys.
Cal Poly quarterback Chris Brown rushed and passed for more than 3,000 yards in his career. On Saturday, he signed a free-agent deal with the Dallas Cowboys. ldickinson@thetribunenews.com

Former Cal Poly quarterback Chris Brown, who is the only quarterback in school history to rush for 1,000 yards, signed a free-agent contract with the Dallas Cowboys on Saturday night, the school announced in a news release.

Brown, who set a school record with 38 rushing touchdowns, will try out as both a quarterback and wide receiver with the Cowboys, the release said. Brown rushed and passed for more than 3,000 yards in his career at Cal Poly.

His older brother, cornerback Terrence Brown, played in two preseason games in 2013 with the Cincinnati Bengals.

“I am more than excited to be a part of the Dallas Cowboys organization,” Brown said in the release. “Graduating from a prestigious school such as Cal Poly was first on my list, but making it to an NFL team is absolutely unbelievable.

“This is something that my brother, cousins and close friends talked about as kids,” Brown added. “After my brother made it to the NFL and signed with the Bengals, he showed me that it was possible for me to do the same.

“All I wanted is a chance and God has blessed me with this opportunity.”

Brown had an exemplary senior season at Cal Poly, rushing for 1,084 yard and 13 touchdowns, and passing for 846 yards and 12 touchdowns. He was named the Mustangs MVP last season. He was one of four Mustangs that worked out for scouts of the San Francsico 49ers, San Diego Chargers, Kansas City Chiefs and the Cowboys at Cal Poly’s Pro Day on March 28.

“I want to thank my parents for the love and support, the Cowboys organization for giving me the opportunity, but most of all I thank Cal Poly and the city of San Luis Obispo for the support and good wishes,” Brown said in the release.

Brown earned his bachelor’s degree in communication studies at Cal Poly in December. He leaves Thursday for Dallas.

“I’m excited to show them how a Mustang rides high,” Brown said in the release. “I am truly blessed.”

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