Bob Brown (offensive lineman)

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Bob Brown
No. 76
Position: Offensive tackle
Personal information
Born: (1941-12-08) December 8, 1941 (age 79)
Cleveland, Ohio
Height:6 ft 4 in (1.93 m)
Weight:280 lb (127 kg)
Career information
High school: Cleveland (OH) East Tech
College: Nebraska
NFL Draft: 1964  / Round: 1 / Pick: 2
AFL Draft: 1964  / Round: 1 / Pick: 4
Career history
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics as of 1973
Games played:126
Games started:110
Fumble recoveries:2
Player stats at NFL.com  ·  PFR

Robert Stanford Brown (born December 8, 1941), nicknamed "The Boomer" [1] is a former American football offensive tackle in the National Football League from 1964 through 1973. He was drafted by the Philadelphia Eagles as the second overall pick in the 1964 NFL draft. He played for the Eagles from 1964 to 1968, the Los Angeles Rams from 1969 to 1970, and the Oakland Raiders from 1971 to 1973. He played college football at Nebraska. Brown was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame in 1993 and the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2004.

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College career

At the University of Nebraska, Brown was an All-America selection at guard, and was voted the offensive lineman of the year by the 1963 Washington D.C. Touchdown Club.

Professional career

Brown was drafted in the first round (second overall) of the 1964 NFL draft by the Philadelphia Eagles. [1] The contract he signed with the team had a $100,000 signing bonus. After his rookie season in 1964, Brown was named the NFL Rookie of the Year. He was named to the Pro Bowl in 1965 and 1966 during his five-season career with the Eagles. [2]

After asking for a trade from the Eagles, Brown was sent to the Los Angeles Rams in a five-player trade on May 12, 1969. The Eagles traded Brown, along with cornerback Jim Nettles, to the Rams in exchange for offensive tackle Joe Carollo, guard Don Chuy and defensive back Irv Cross. [2]

Brown was traded by the Rams to the Oakland Raiders, along with two draft picks, in exchange for offensive tackle Harry Schuh and cornerback Kent McCloughan on June 23, 1971. During the 1971 season, he was one of five eventual Pro Football Hall Of Fame offensive linemen on the field for Oakland at the same time (with Art Shell, Gene Upshaw, Jim Otto and Ron Mix). [3]

Brown was named All-Pro during five of his ten seasons with the Eagles, Rams and Oakland Raiders. Named the NFL/NFC offensive lineman of the year by the NFLPA three times (1968-1970), Brown was also chosen to play in six Pro Bowls, three with the Eagles, two with the Rams, and once with the Raiders. [1]

Awards and honors

In 1993, Brown was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame. He was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2004. [1] Brown's No. 64 was permanently retired by Nebraska in 2004. [4]

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References

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  2. 1 2 "Bob Brown Now A Happy Man". The Free Lance-Star. May 13, 1969. Retrieved June 4, 2010.
  3. "Rams Trade Bob Brown to Oakland". The Palm Beach Post. June 24, 1971. Retrieved June 4, 2010.
  4. Kaipust, Rich (July 1, 2009). "Plans announced to celebrate Nebraska's NCAA-record sellout streak when it reaches 300". The Grand Island Independent. Retrieved June 4, 2010.