NFL Hall of Famer Bob Brown dies at 81

NFL offensive tackle from the 1960s to the 1970s, Bob Brown, passed away with his family and friends at a rehabilitation center after suffering a stroke in April

Pro Football Hall of Fame offensive tackle Bob Brown died Friday at the age of 81.

Brow dazzled in the NFL between the 1960s and 1970s, when he played for the Philadelphia Eagles, Los Angeles Rams and Las Vegas Raiders.

“Bob Brown demonstrated different personalities on and off the field; on the field he was an extremely fierce opponent, off the field he demonstrated a calm, soft-spoken and caring nature,” said NFL president Jim Porter.

“The Hall of Fame extends its thoughts and prayers for his loss,” he added.

Porter said Brown’s death occurred Friday night, and that he was accompanied by friends and family at a rehabilitation center, where he was hospitalized after suffering a stroke in April.

The NFL Hall of Fame president highlighted the aggressiveness that characterized Brown in every game he played.

“He used every tactic and technique and sometimes brute force to crush the will of players on the other side of the line, it’s something he prided himself on,” added Jim Porter.

Bob Brown shined in college soccer with the Nebraska Cornhuskers, thanks to which he was immortalized in the College Football Hall of Fame.

He came to the NFL selected in the first round of the 1964 Draft by the Philadelphia Eagles, where he remained until 1968. He played with the Los Angeles Rams for two years and finished his career with the Raiders in 1973.

In his 10 years in the league he was selected six times to the Pro Bowl and distinguished as a member of the 1960s All-Decade Team. His induction into the Pro Football Hall of Fame occurred in 2004.

NFL legend and Hall of Fame inductee John Madden, who passed away in December 2021 and coached him with the Raiders, described Brown as a fearsome tackle.

“Bob was the most aggressive lineman I ever played. He was sure he could hit you with his forearm and put you out of action for at least a quarter of the game,” Madden said.

With information from EFE.

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