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Oct. 21, 2013 Issue

Blue & Gold Illustrated: America's Foremost Authority on Notre Dame Football

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where have you gone? Jimmie Browner Jr., 1975-78 Safety/Fullback He thrived while playing in both family and secondary shadows By Lou Somogyi O nly in America can someone once known as "Hit Man" own his own security business. Then again, Jimmie Browner Jr. has always been about "safety" — the position where he excelled at Notre Dame from 1976-78, after a sterling debut at fullback his freshman season. Since playing his last NFL game in 1980, Browner has delved in various enterprises, including as a professional kick boxer (he owns a fourth degree black belt), working five years for the Coca-Cola Co., becoming the owner of NJJ Machine Company, serving five years as the purchasing director in city hall for his hometown in Warren, Ohio, and working several years as a probation officer in Atlanta, where he has resided since 2002. For the past couple of years, he's been with ASAP Solutions while running JL Browner Security Officers, and also is with Crowne Solutions, another security company. "Every five years or so I reinvent myself to do something different to keep motivated," he said. In 2006, he made a dry run for the Georgia Senate, almost making the bal- Browner often found himself in the shadows of others but enjoyed his own productive career at Notre Dame while helping the Irish to a 37-9 record, including 3-0 in bowls, and the 1977 national title. photos courtesy notre dame media relations and Jimmie Browner Jr. (inset) lot before pulling out. Within the next five years, the 57-year-old Browner wants to make a run at mayor in Atlanta. He also realizes it might be a pipe dream. Formerly the founder and president of Black Elected Democrats of Ohio, Browner changed his political affiliation to the Republican party. "As you get older, you get a little more conservative," Browner said.

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