Douglas Robert Zachariah Brien (born November 24, 1970) is a former American football placekicker. He played twelve seasons for seven teams in the National Football League: San Francisco, New Orleans, Indianapolis, Tampa Bay, Minnesota, New York Jets, and Chicago. Brien was picked in the third round of the 1994 NFL Draft (85th overall) by San Francisco out of the University of California, Berkeley.
High school career
Brien attended De La Salle High School in Concord, California, where he was a placekicker for the Spartans' football team his senior year. He is a member of the De La Salle Hall of Fame both as an individual and a member of the 1989 Varsity Soccer Team.
At California, he left leading the school in all-time points with 288 points, and in field goal accuracy, hitting 56 out of 80 attempts, hitting 70% of his field goals for his career. Brien is still the all-time leading scorer for the historic football program. Cal was ranked in the AP top 25 in each of Brien's seasons with the program, winning the Citrus Bowl in 1991 and the Alamo Bowl in 1993. Off the field, he was a member of the Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity. He graduated with a B.A. degree in Political Economy of Industrial Societies (PEIS) in 1994.
Brien was drafted in the 3rd round (85th overall) in the 1994 NFL draft. He was the only kicker to be taken during the draft and moved across the bay to join the San Francisco 49ers. Brien struggled during his rookie year, converting 15 of 20 field goals (20th of 28 qualified kickers) and 60 of 62 PATs (19th of 24 qualified kickers) for the 49ers. The 49ers, led by Steve Young, went on to win the Super Bowl XXIX over the San Diego Chargers by a score of 49-26, a game in which Brien missed his only field goal attempt, a 47-yard try before halftime. Brien nonetheless set the record for most PATs during a single postseason with 17 (on 18 attempts) en route to earning a Super Bowl ring during that 1994 season. Brien also had a fumble recovery during the NFC Championship game.
The following year, Brien made only 58% of his field goals for San Francisco, and was cut after missing a potential game-winning field goal against the Indianapolis Colts. He signed a few weeks later with the New Orleans Saints. Brien went on to play a total of 12 seasons in the NFL for 7 different organizations including 6 seasons with the Saints. He was elected a team captain as well as the NFLPA player rep for the Saints. Over the course of his career, Brien was regarded as one of the most reliable kickers in the league. One huge exception to this was during the 2004 Divisional Playoff game in Pittsburgh against the Steelers. Brien missed two 4th quarter field goals from 47 and 43 yards which would have won the game for the New York Jets. At the time of his retirement, he was one of the 10 most accurate field goal kickers of all time. During his career, Brien converted 80.2% of field goals and 98% of PATs. Brien accounted for 915 points over his 12-year career and has a career long make from 56 yards.
One of his favorite moments from his career besides winning his Super Bowl ring was in 2003, when he made a 38-yard game-winning field goal in overtime to defeat the Oakland Raiders in front of nearly 50 friends and family members that were in attendance at the Oakland Coliseum. Another favorite moment was during Brien’s rookie season, when he chased down Chargers kickoff returner Andre Coleman and saved a touchdown by using the soccer tactic of a slide tackle to make the play.
After the conclusion of his NFL career, Brien co-founded the real estate investment firm Waypoint Real Estate Group. He helped grow the company to over 600 employees and over $3 billion of assets under management. The company owned over 17,000 rental homes and was the second largest public Single Family Rental REIT under Brien's helm. He was the CEO until January 2016. In May 2016 Brien co-founded Mynd, a property management company, with an intent to create the leading property management platform for residential rental properties. Mynd is leveraging technology, systems and data to make increase efficiency and provide a better experience for renters and better investment performance for owners.
Brien has received awards including Goldman Sachs Top 100 Most Innovative Entrepreneurs (2012), Business Times (San Francisco) 6th fastest growing company in the Bay Area (2013), and Ernst and Young Entrepreneur of the Year for Northern California (2014).
Brien has founded and operated a number of non-profit enterprises including Kick for Kids' Sake and The Leo Brien Foundation. He is currently a member of the United States Olympic Ethics Committee and serves on the national board for Build.