Jan. 10, 2003
Former Brown runningback Michael Malan '02, the Bears' all-time career rushing leader, has signed an NFL free agent contract with the New England Patriots. Malan will play in NFL Europe this spring and join the Patriots for training camp.
Malan originally signed with the St. Louis Rams last spring. He made it to the final cut with St. Louis, was released, and later brought back for the Rams' practice squad for one week. He had a try-out with the Patriots last September and apparently showed enough to the New England coaching staff to be invited back with the team for the 2003 season.
The 5-11, 245 Malan was a two-time first team All-Ivy selection for the Bears. He finished his Brown career as the top runner in Brown football history, rushing for a school record 3,266 yards, shattering the previous mark of 3,098 yards by Marquis Jesse from 1993-1996. He holds the school record for rushing in a season with 1,213 yards in 2000, and became the first Brown player to run for 1,000 yards in consecutive years, rushing for 1,059 yards last year.
An honorable mention All-American as a senior, Malan also earned All-New England honors in 2001. He ran for a 100 or more yards 17 times in his Brown career, including a Brown record 267 yards against Fordham in 2001.
Known as a punishing runner, Malan also made an impact on the Ivy League record book. His 3,266 career rushing yards are fifth best in Ivy League history, while his 39 career touchdowns rank fourth best in the Ivy record book. In 2001, Malan also tied the Brown mark for touchdowns in a season with 15, seventh best in Ivy League history. His 252 career points rank fourth best in Ivy League football history.