Meet CU Buffs lineman and Alabama transfer who made NIL bucks in the buff. As a 6-7, 330-pound underwear model.


BOULDER — Tommy Brown’s business in the front is his party in the back.

The Buffs offensive lineman is 6-foot-7 with a 6-10 mullet — a blonde mane that flows from Asgard to Panama City Beach. If he wasn’t blocking for CU, Brown would be the baddest dude in a biker gang, Joe Dirt’s bodyguard, or a roadie for Lynyrd Skynyrd.

“My biggest concern in leaving a team and coming to a new one was that the guys weren’t great,” offered Brown, a grad student who transferred to Boulder from Nick Saban’s football factory at Alabama this past winter. “And it’s almost an improvement here. I don’t want to throw any shade at anyone in Alabama, but I really love the team here.”

He loves the Name, Image and Likeness (NIL) perks, too. Brown’s Instagram account these days is practically sponsored by the Sawaya Law Firm. He’s offered his services to YETI coolers and AriZona Beverage Company. (No bites.)

“The underwear modeling stuff that I did,” the Crimson Tide escapee told me Saturday as CU football media day wrapped, “that was probably the most fun.”

After all, how many 330-pound dudes can list “underwear model” as a side hustle? Thanks to a Hail Mary last spring from the irreverent, Denver-based clothing company Shinesty, your new favorite Buff made his money in the buff.

“They DM-ed me on Instagram,” Brown explained. “They said, ‘Hey, would you like to do this? We’re expanding to 3XL to 5XL (sizes).’ I’m like, I’m a 2XL, but I’ll still do it.”

Dude didn’t just do it. He went to town. Once you see the stuff on Brown’s Twitter feed, you can’t unsee it.

In one shot, the CU lineman is shirtless in red skivvies, rocking a jackhammer next to a baby’s crib. In another, he’s gallivanting next to a ballet barre in some black boxers with a, shall we say, strategically-placed tuxedo front.

“It was a great time,” Brown laughed. “I would have done that for free. But don’t tell (the company), because I want to do it again. And I would. But I did enjoy getting paid.”


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