Ross Browner

Last updated
Ross Browner
No. 79
Position: Defensive end
Personal information
Born: (1954-03-22) March 22, 1954 (age 67)
Warren, Ohio
Height:6 ft 3 in (1.91 m)
Weight:262 lb (119 kg)
Career information
High school: Warren (OH) Western Reserve
College: Notre Dame
NFL Draft: 1978  / Round: 1 / Pick: 8
Career history
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics
Player stats at NFL.com

Ross Dean Browner (born March 22, 1954) is a former American football defensive end who played 10 seasons in the NFL, mainly for the Cincinnati Bengals. Browner was named to the Bengals' 40th Anniversary Team in 2007.

Contents

Early life

Growing up in Warren, Ohio, Browner was primarily interested in swimming and diving before concentrating on football. He attended Warren Western Reserve High School and during his senior year he was named first-team AAA (big school) all-state defensive end. [1]

College years

Ross Browner was one of the most decorated defensive players in the history of college football. At the University of Notre Dame he was a four-year starter at defensive end in 1973 and 1975-77. [2] He was a unanimous All-America his junior and senior seasons of 1976 and 1977. In 1976, he won the Outland trophy as the nation's best interior or defensive lineman also in 1976 United Press International named him Lineman of the Year. He won the Lombardi Trophy as the nation's best lineman and the Maxwell Award as the nation's best player and again won the UPI Lineman of the Year Award, the only player ever to win it twice. In the decade of the 1970s, Browner was the only lineman who won the Maxwell. In 1977, he also placed fifth in voting for the Heisman Trophy. During his senior year in college, he was featured on the cover of Sports Illustrated with the subheading of "Notre Dame's Peerless Ross Browner."

Notre Dame had a 39-7 record in his time that covered 11-0 in 1973, 8-3 in 1975, 9-3 in 1976, and 11-1 in 1977. Notre Dame won National Championships in 1973 and 1977. His career statistics record 340 tackles, a school record; ten deflected passes, two blocked kicks. He also scored a touchdown and two safeties. Browner was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame in 1999. [3]

Professional years

He was the first-round draft pick in the 1978 NFL Draft for the Cincinnati Bengals. Voted the team's Most Valuable Player in 1978, he played nine seasons for the Bengals. He set the Super Bowl record for tackles by a defensive lineman in Super Bowl XVI. In 1985, he jumped to the Houston Gamblers of the USFL, but returned the same season to the Bengals. Browner played one season (1987) with the Green Bay Packers before retiring.

Personal life

After retiring, Browner lived for several years in Mason, Ohio and has worked in real estate, sports entertainment, the cleaning industry, insurance, mortgages and business development. He currently is working in real estate and lives in Nashville, Tennessee.

Browner is the father of former Pittsburgh Steelers offensive tackle Max Starks and former University of Arizona player Rylan Browner. Ross' brothers are former NFL players Jimmie Browner, Keith Browner and Joey Browner. [4] His nephew Keith Browner, Jr. played for the Houston Texans.

Related Research Articles

Archie Griffin American football running back

Archie Mason Griffin is a former American football running back. Griffin played seven seasons in the NFL with the Cincinnati Bengals. He is college football's only two-time Heisman Trophy winner, and is considered to be one of the greatest college football players of all time. Griffin won four Big Ten Conference titles with the Ohio State Buckeyes and was the first player ever to start in four Rose Bowls.

Bob Golic

Robert Perry Golic is an American former college and professional football player, television actor, radio personality and sports commentator.

Joey Browner American football player

Joey Matthew Browner is an American former professional football player who was a strong safety in the National Football League (NFL) for the Minnesota Vikings from 1983 to 1991 and for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in 1992. Browner played college football for the USC Trojans.

Leon Hart American football player

Leon Joseph Hart was an American football end. He won the Heisman Trophy and the Maxwell Award while at the University of Notre Dame in 1949 and played in the National Football League (NFL) for eight seasons, from 1950 to 1957, with the Detroit Lions.

Walter George Patulski is a former American football defensive end at the University of Notre Dame and the National Football League.

James Robert Lynch is a former American football linebacker who spent his entire 11-year professional career (1967–1977) with Kansas City Chiefs of the American Football League (AFL) and National Football League (NFL).

Max Starks American football offensive tackle

Maximillian Weisner Starks IV is an American former college and professional football player who was an offensive tackle in the National Football League (NFL) for ten seasons. He played college football for the University of Florida. He was drafted by the Pittsburgh Steelers in the third round of the 2004 NFL Draft, and also played for the San Diego Chargers, St. Louis Rams, and Arizona Cardinals.

Richard Blair Modzelewski was an American football defensive tackle in the National Football League for the Washington Redskins, Pittsburgh Steelers, New York Giants, and the Cleveland Browns. He also served as interim head coach of the Browns in the final game of the 1977 season. Modzelewski was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame in 1993.

Gabriel Pierre Kim Watson is an American football defensive tackle who is currently a free agent. He was drafted by the Arizona Cardinals in the fourth round of the 2006 NFL Draft. He played college football at Michigan.

Warren G. Harding High School Public, coeducational high school in Warren, Ohio, United States

Warren G. Harding High School is a public high school in Warren, Ohio, United States. It is the only high school in the Warren City School District. Sports teams are called the Raiders, and they compete in the Ohio High School Athletic Association as a member of the All-American Conference.

Jerry Sherk American football player

Jerry Martin Sherk is a former American football defensive tackle who played for the Cleveland Browns of the National Football League (NFL) for 12 seasons between 1970 until 1981. He made the Pro Bowl lineup for four straight years from 1973 through 1976, and is widely considered to be among the best defensive players in Cleveland Browns history.

Thomas Henry Casanova III is a former American football player and politician. He played professionally in the National Football League (NFL) for the Cincinnati Bengals for six seasons and was invited to three Pro Bowls, as well as an All-Pro in 1976. He played college football at Louisiana State University, where he was a three-time first-team All-American. He is a Republican former member of the Louisiana State Senate, having served a single term from 1996 to 2000.

Victor Ikechukwu Abiamiri is a former American football defensive end. He was drafted by the Philadelphia Eagles in the second round of the 2007 NFL Draft. He played college football at Notre Dame. He is of Nigerian descent.

History of the Cincinnati Bengals

The Cincinnati Bengals are a professional football franchise in the National Football League. Since starting off as an expansion franchise in the American Football League in 1968, they have appeared in two Super Bowls, but lost both times to the San Francisco 49ers.

John Charles Hicks Jr. was an American football offensive lineman in the National Football League. He is best remembered for being the last lineman to be runner-up in the vote for the Heisman Trophy.

Trevor Laws American football defensive tackle

Trevor David Laws is a former American football defensive tackle. After playing college football for the Notre Dame Fighting Irish, he was drafted by the Philadelphia Eagles in the second round of the 2008 NFL Draft. He played for the Eagles for four seasons from 2008 to 2011 and spent the 2012 season with the Rams on their injured reserve list.

1977 Notre Dame Fighting Irish football team American college football season

The 1977 Notre Dame Fighting Irish football team represented the University of Notre Dame during the 1977 NCAA Division I football season. The Irish, coached by Dan Devine, ended the season with 11 wins and one loss, winning the national championship. The Fighting Irish won the title by defeating the previously unbeaten and No. 1 ranked Texas Longhorns in the Cotton Bowl Classic by a score of a 38–10. The 1977 squad became the tenth Irish team to win the national title and were led by All-Americans Ken MacAfee, Ross Browner, Luther Bradley, and Bob Golic. Junior Joe Montana, a future Pro Football Hall of Famer, was the team's starting quarterback.

Joe Yonto was an American football player and coach, serving most of his career at the University of Notre Dame. He served under three national championship coaches during his career.

The 1974 Michigan Wolverines football team was an American football team that represented the University of Michigan in the 1974 Big Ten Conference football season. In their sixth year under head coach Bo Schembechler, the Wolverines compiled a 10–1 record, outscored opponents 324 to 75, and were ranked #3 in final AP Poll. Michigan won the first ten games of the 1974 season in convincing fashion, including blowout victories over Colorado (31-0), Navy (52-0), Minnesota (49-0), and Purdue (51-0). In the final game of the season, #2 Michigan faced #3 Ohio State. The Wolverines lost by a score of 12-10, as place-kicker Mike Lantry missed a last-minute field goal that would have given Michigan a victory.

Sam Hubbard American football defensive end

Sam Hubbard is an American football defensive end for the Cincinnati Bengals of the National Football League (NFL). He played college football at Ohio State.

References

  1. http://www.ohsaa.org/sports/history/FT/72AllOhioTeams.pdf
  2. "Ross Browner Bio :: Notre Dame Football :: UND.COM :: The Official Site of ND Athletics". und.com.
  3. http://www.rossbrowner.com/#/principal/4520051771
  4. "Waking the Echoes: Ross Browner // The Observer". ndsmcobserver.com. 30 October 2014.