Brian was a terrific athlete at Southwest Guilford. In football, he rushed for 1,955 yards as a senior, including 368 yards in a game against Burlington Cummings and played in the East-West All-Star game in 1998. He was also a two-year starter in basketball. He concentrated on defense in football at NC State, where he overlapped with fellow inductee Terrence Holt. Brian played a year at free safety and two years at cornerback for the Wolfpack. He made five career interceptions and blocked five kicks. The Minnesota Vikings drafted him in the fourth round in 2002 and he went on to appear in 132 NFL games, 99 as a starter. In his rookie year he intercepted five passes and tied for the NFL lead with 205 return yards. He made four interceptions in 2005. Overall, playing with four teams over 10 seasons, Brian intercepted 19 passes, made 408 tackles and defended 75 passes.