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Expired passport helps Matt Brown get NFL opportunity

Ronnie Akins, Matt Brown AP

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers signed former Temple running back Matt Brown to a contract on Thursday. The deal never could have happened if not for an expired passport.

According to Keith Pompey of the Philadelphia Inquirer, Brown had agreed to sign a deal with the Saskatchewan Roughriders and was scheduled to fly to Saskatchewan to sign the deal on Tuesday. However, when Brown got to the airport he was unable to board the flight because it turns out his passport had expired.

Brown was busy trying to get a new passport when the Buccaneers called Brown’s agent, Martin Magid (also known as Elvis Dumervil’s former agent), and offered him a contract. Brown chose to sign with the Buccaneers instead. It’s one of a very few times when an expired passport ultimately proved to be beneficial.

Brown rushed for 2,647 yards and 23 touchdowns during his career at Temple.

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10 Responses to “Expired passport helps Matt Brown get NFL opportunity”
  1. thegreatgabbert says: May 31, 2013 2:27 AM

    The irony of it all is that it’s still 1973 in Saskatchewan. He would have been fine if he’d made it there.

  2. marvsleezy says: May 31, 2013 7:55 AM

    Aren’t passports good for like 10 years?

  3. ninetysixer says: May 31, 2013 8:41 AM

    good luck Matt!

  4. petedutcher says: May 31, 2013 9:12 AM

    I don’t know anything about the guy but his highlights look great. This is the kind of story that years later you look back and wonder”What if that passport wasn’t expired?”

    I hope this kid becomes a hall of famer while with the Bucs. Small guy though, lol.

  5. abninf says: May 31, 2013 9:31 AM

    He’s, what, 22 and already has an expired passport? Did he travel out of the country when he was a little kid?

  6. whysomanylosers says: May 31, 2013 10:10 AM

    marvsleezy says:
    May 31, 2013 7:55 AM
    Aren’t passports good for like 10 years?
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    And maybe, just maybe, he got his passport more than 10 years ago!

    Tampa > Saskatoon

  7. rugbyisbetter says: May 31, 2013 10:41 AM

    Watched him at TU. He was a very good change of pace back behind Benard Pierce (now with the Ravens). Very very small, but plays bigger than he is. He can hope to emulate Darren Sproles.

  8. houseofbacon says: May 31, 2013 11:00 AM

    Has nobody here ever taken their children out of the country for vacation and had to get them a passport? Not even for a cruise? Which part of this is confusing everyone?

  9. dt58 says: May 31, 2013 2:03 PM

    The Riders play in Regina not Saskatoon and yes, Tampa>Regina. As far as still being in 1973, Saskatchewan is the fastest growing province by far and have the lowest unemployed rate in the country. We are importing workers from all the other provinces to try to keep up with the demand. Not bad for “still being in 1973″.

  10. whysomanylosers says: May 31, 2013 2:25 PM

    dt58 says:
    May 31, 2013 2:03 PM
    The Riders play in Regina not Saskatoon and yes, Tampa>Regina. As far as still being in 1973, Saskatchewan is the fastest growing province by far and have the lowest unemployed rate in the country. We are importing workers from all the other provinces to try to keep up with the demand. Not bad for “still being in 1973″.

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    Showing my ignorance I threw out the only city I knew in Saska… (even had to look it up to confirm).

    On another note congratulations on getting out of `73. I do have a question though, have the lakes thawed yet? :)

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