Tarell was drafted by the San Francisco 49ers in the fifth round (148th overall) in the 2007 NFL Draft, and was one of seven University of Texas Longhorns selected in the Draft.
Fighting through injuries is something Tarell would have to face in his rookie season with the 49ers, tearing both his ACL and MCL. He played in nine games, particularly on special teams and finished the season with two tackles.
Since his rookie season, Tarell has made a name for himself as a significant part of the 49ers’ leading defenses, as starting cornerback.
In week 16 of the 2008 season, Tarell intercepted a pass from Rams quarterback Marc Bulger in the final minute of the game, capping off a come from behind win in the fourth quarter.
In 2011, Tarell was named the starter at Right Cornerback. He started all sixteen games and had career-highs with four interceptions and 14 pass deflections.
The 2012-2013 season proved to be Tarell’s most impressive yet, one in which his team competed in the Super Bowl. He had five interceptions in the last six regular season games. On the biggest stage in professional sports, Tarell caused a fumble in the Super Bowl which he went on to recover, a play that revitalized the San Francisco 49ers in the game.
Building on the success of his 2012 season, Tarell continued to be a key contributor to the vaunted San Francisco 49ers defense. During the 2013 season, Tarell started 10 games while playing in 13 as the team finished the season with a record of 12-4. He finished the season with 32 tackles and 10 passes defensed.
After the San Francisco 49ers let Tarell go (they would later struggle mightily in their pass defense), he chose to keep his talents in the Bay Area as he signed with the Oakland Raiders. He agreed to a one year deal worth $3.5 million as the Raiders looked to compete for the playoffs. His veteran presence provided stability to a young team as he finished the season having started 14 games and collecting 55 tackles and 4 passes defensed.
Tarell played for North Mesquite High School in Mesquite, Texas. He went on to play in the 2003 U.S. Army All-American Bowl alongside fellow Texas Longhorn Limas Sweed.
Tarell played defensive back for the University of Texas Longhorns. He was a member of the National Championship team that played in the 2006 Rose Bowl National Championship Game against USC. Tarell played nearly his entire senior season with a stress fracture, a testament to the determination and dedication that defines him.
Tarell was drafted by the San Francisco 49ers in the 2007 NFL Draft.
- San Francisco 49ers 2007-2013
- Oakland Raiders 2014
- New England Patriots 2015
In 2012, Brown’s Kids Foundation, Inc. was founded by NFL veteran and Mesquite native, Tarell Brown with the mission of being a catalyst for change that will empower youth to succeed in areas of education, self growth and will break the cycle of poverty. Brown’s Kids Foundation aims to give back to the community and to showcase the positive reinforcement that athletics and mentoring can give. We are determined to continue to reach our youth and show them that hard work DOES payoff.