Former Auburn running back Ronnie Brown has been named as the new sideline reporter on the Auburn Sports Network, the school announced Friday.
Brown, who played five seasons for the Tigers from 2000-04, replaces former Auburn linebacker Quentin Riggins on the radio broadcasts. Riggins served in the role for the past 25 seasons.
“I am always excited to come back to the Plains, but I’m elated to be the new sideline reporter following in Quentin’s footsteps,” Brown said in the release. “It’s a great opportunity that I’m looking forward to, and I’m approaching it in the same manner as I did when I was an athlete.”
Riggins, a two-time second team All-America and first team All-SEC selection during his four-year career with the Tigers from 1986-89, called the past 25 years a “great run.” He also was pleased with the selection of Brown to fill the role.
“I have been blessed to work with the best broadcast team for the past 25 seasons,” Riggins said. “I am very excited about Ronnie joining the team. He is an outstanding choice, and our audience will be blown away by his knowledge of the game. I want to thank my Auburn Family for allowing me to come into your home, car or headset, and share my passion for our team with you. We have won a lot of games together, and we will win again together!”
Chris Davis, the vice president and general manager of Auburn Sports Properties, praised Riggins for all his work on the broadcasts over the years.
“Quentin has been a beloved member of the Auburn Sports Network team for such a long time and his work has been appreciated by the entire Auburn Family,” Davis said. “While it is difficult to replace someone like him, Ronnie Brown is a natural successor and his expertise will be a great asset to the broadcasts.”
Outside of broadcasting, Riggins has worked in Alabama state government. He took a job with Alabama Power, Alabama’s biggest electric company, in 2014, where he was promoted to senior vice president in charge of governmental and corporate affairs in March.
After leaving Auburn in 2004, Brown had an 11-year career in the NFL with the Miami Dolphins, Philadelphia Eagles, San Diego Chargers and Houston Texans, finishing his career in 2014 with 5,391 yards and 38 touchdowns. The Dolphins, where he spent his first six seasons, took him with the No. 2 overall pick in the 2005 NFL Draft.
At Auburn, Brown rushed for 2,707 yards and 28 touchdowns while playing alongside Carnell “Cadillac” Williams, the latter of whom was taken with the fifth overall pick in 2005 by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. He graduated from the school with a communications degree in December 2014.
Brown joins play-by-play announcer Rod Bramblett and color commentator Stan White, a former Auburn quarterback, on the broadcasts.
Riggins and Brown will join Bramblett on “Tiger Talk” from 6-7 p.m. CT on Thursday, Aug. 25 to preview the 2016 season.
— Quentin Riggins (@QPRiggins) August 13, 2016
— Ronnie Brown (@ronnie23brown) August 12, 2016
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