In fact, the only men Brown has ever envied in 15 seasons of football are those he passes on his way into the stadium. So, when he does retire, he plans to get down to some serious tailgating. "You've seen Lambeau?" he asks. "That's classic: The brats, those fires in the garbage cans? It's the same way in Buffalo. I'm very appreciative of the passion NFL fans have for their teams, and I want to bring that same passion to games myself, probably on the college level somewhere."
He is warming to the subject now, like a man over a flaming trash receptacle. "I want to stay long after the games," says Brown, "barbecuing, having a few beers, in no rush to go home." A rush to go home? Surely no one would accuse him of that.