Brown signs with Tampa Bay Bucs

Thanks to an expired passport, Matt Brown gets a chance to live out an NFL dream instead of playing for the  Saskatchewan Roughriders.

Thirteen days after announcing that he would play for the Canadian Football League team, the former Temple running back/return specialist signed a contract Wednesday night with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

The 5-foot-5, 165-pounder was able to join the NFL team since he never signed his contract with the Roughriders. Brown was scheduled to fly to Saskatchewan on Tuesday to sign it. However, he was unable to board the plane in Baltimore due to an expired passport.

While Brown was in Philadelphia Wednesday morning to get his passport renewed, the Bucs contacted his agent to express interest. So he flew to Florida to sign a contract with Tampa Bay Wednesday night instead.

Brown is the 2012 Big East special teams player of the year.  He set the Owls' single-season record for punt-return average (14.2 yards). The Baltimore native compiled a school-record 227 yards on kickoff return yards against Louisville. And his 143.4 all-purpose yards led the Big East.

Brown, who missed two games with injuries, also had 60 carries for 372 yards rushing. He finished his career ranked second at Temple in all-purpose yards (5,272), third in rushing scores (22) and fourth in 100-yard rushing games (10).

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