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Newz Forum: FOOTBALL: Hall of Fame tackle Brown dies

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posted on Jun, 10 2004 @ 04:03 PM
MANSFIELD TOWNSHIP, N.J. (AP) - Hall of Fame offensive tackle Roosevelt Brown, who starred for the New York Giants in the 1950s and '60s, is dead. He was 71.

Brown died Wednesday of an apparent heart attack. Mansfield Township Police Chief Jim Humble said he was in his garden when he was stricken. A 27th-round draft pick out of Morgan State in 1953, Brown was the Giants' starting right tackle for 13 years. Playing at 255 pounds - tiny by today's standards for offensive linemen - he was voted to the All-NFL team for eight consecutive seasons and selected to nine Pro Bowls.

In addition to his pass-blocking ability, he also could pull and lead running plays, something today's tackles almost never do.

In 1956, he was named the league's lineman of the year, was voted into the Hall of Fame in 1975 and in 2000 was voted to the NFL's 75-year anniversary team. In the championship game in 1956, he was credited with helping shred the Chicago Bears' defense in the Giants' 47-7 victory.

After retiring, Brown served as the team's assistant offensive line coach and later joined the scouting department. He was elected to the Hall of Fame in 1975.

Brown regularly attended Giants training camp, often walking side-by-side with Wellington Mara, the team's owner.

"Rosie was a great Giant," the 87-year-old Mara said Thursday. "He was with this organization for more than 50 years as a player, coach and scout. He excelled in every area and he was always a gentleman."

Brown, who was born on Oct. 20, 1932, in Charlottesville, Va., is survived by his wife, Linda.


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