Brandon Patrick Noble
(born April 10
in San Rafael
) is a football
coach and former National Football League
player. He is considered one of NFL Europe's
great success stories. Noble was hired as the linebackers
coach at West Chester University
Noble signed with the San Francisco 49ers
in 1997 as a rookie free agent
but was waived during training camp. By January 1998, he was back with the 49ers
, who then allocated him to the Barcelona Dragons
of NFL Europe
. After a strong showing there, including NFL Europe Defensive Player of the Week honors and leading Barcelona
to victory in World Bowl V
, Noble returned to training camp with the 49ers
, but was again released at the end of camp and spent the 1998 NFL
season on the practice squad.
In 1999, Noble signed as a free agent with the Dallas Cowboys, for the first of four solid seasons with that team. He played in all 16 of their regular season and postseason games that season. Noble's breakout season came in 2000, when he finished second on the Cowboys in tackles with 69, and registered a sack and 10 quarterback pressures. By 2002, Noble was Dallas' full-time starter at defensive tackle.
Noble signed with the Washington Redskins as a free agent on March 1, 2003. He suffered a season-ending left knee injury in the preseason and spent the year on injured reserve. In 2004, he returned from his injury to play in all 16 games, starting seven. He recorded 38 tackles (19 solo) with one sack. He was awarded the team's Ed Block Courage Award, given to the player who best persevered through injury. However, Noble injured his right knee in the 2005 preseason and was again placed on injured reserve for the remainder of the season.
During his rehabilitation, Noble developed a serious type of staph infection, MRSA, which nearly required amputation of his leg. After a long series of setbacks to his recovery, he was released by the Redskins on March 10, 2006 and retired prior to the 2006 season.
Noble is a regular guest on the ESPN Radio
show All Night with Jason Smith
during the NFL season in which Smith would dial up Noble's phone number only to get the "caller ID" message and that Smith would get through by identifying himself as an NFL player or coach making news that week. Noble appears via the OnStar
hotline when either Amy Lawrence
or Bob Valvano
is filling in for Smith on AllNight.
He is also a frequent guest on DC101's "Elliot in the Morning" in Washington, D.C., providing Redskins news and analysis.
As a senior at Penn State
in 1996, Noble posted a team-high 8 sacks
and a career-high 72 tackles. He was named second-team All-Big Ten
, and was awarded the Hall Foundation Athletic Award
, given to the team's most outstanding senior player. In his first full season as a starter during his junior campaign, he registered 53 tackles and four sacks
. As a sophomore, he totaled 22 tackles and two sacks
during Penn State's
undefeated 1994 season, and subsequent Rose Bowl
victory over Oregon
He earned his Bachelor of Science in Administration of Justice in 1998.
Noble was named the Class AAA State Player of the Year as a senior at First Colonial High School
in Virginia Beach, Virginia
. He played both offensive
and defensive lineman
Noble and his wife Mary Kate were married Thanksgiving
weekend during the 2000 season. They live in Leesburg, Virginia
with their three children: Conner, Grace and a newborn (born fall 2005), and a number of Bulldogs
Noble was the celebrity football coach for the 2001 Let Us Play! Sports Camp for Girls, a three-day sports camp for inner-city girls founded by former Redskins teammate Bryan Barker.
- "Redskins' Noble Battles Infection That Is a Growing Concern for the NFL", The Washington Post, January 27, 2006
- "Bad Bugs Need Drugs: Brandon Noble's Story" Infectious Diseases Society of America (IDSA) website
- "Athletes Vulnerable to Dangerous Staph Infection" ABC World News Tonight, February 4, 2006
- "Penn State's Noble Man," The Virginian-Pilot, October 5, 1996
- Brandon Noble interview Redskins.com TV, August 15, 2005