Willie Brown (American football)

Willie Brown (American football)

Infobox NFLretired
name=Willie Brown

caption=Willie Brown
birthdate=birth date and age|1940|12|2
Yazoo City, Mississippi
college=Grambling State
* Denver Broncos (1963-1966)
* Oakland Raiders (1967-1978)
stat2label=INT yards
* 9x Pro Bowl selection (1964, 1965, 1967, 1968, 1969, 1970, 1971, 1972, 1973)
* NFL 1970s All-Decade Team
* AFL All-Time Team

William Ferdie Brown (Born December 2, 1940, in Yazoo City, Mississippi) is a retired American Football cornerback and is currently on the staff of the Oakland Raiders.

Playing career

Willie Brown played collegiate football at Grambling University and was not drafted by any professional team after leaving school in 1963. He was signed by the Houston Oilers of the American Football League but was cut from the team during training camp.

He was then signed by the AFL's Denver Broncos and became a starter by the middle of his rookie season. He won All-AFL honors in his second season and played in the AFL All-Star Game, recording 9 interceptions for 144 yards.

In 1967, Brown was traded to the AFL's Oakland Raiders and would spend the remainder of his career there. He served as defensive captain for 10 of his 12 years with the team. He was named to 5 AFL All-Star games and 4 NFL Pro Bowls. He was also named All-AFL 3 times and All-NFL 4 times.

Perhaps Brown's most memorable moment as a Raider came during Super Bowl XI, when he intercepted a Fran Tarkenton pass and returned it a Super Bowl-record 75 yards for a touchdown. His record would stand for 29 years until it was broken by Kelly Herndon's 76-yard interception return in Super Bowl XL.

Willie Brown retired after the 1978 season, and finished his Raiders career with 39 interceptions, tied for first all-time on the team. Overall, he finished his 16 Pro Football seasons with 54 interceptions, which he returned for 472 yards and 2 touchdowns. He also recovered 3 fumbles.

He is a member of the American Football League All-Time Team and was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame on July 28, 1984, his first year of eligibility. In 1999, he was ranked number 50 on "The Sporting News"' list of the 100 Greatest Football Players, making him the highest-ranking Raider player.

Coaching career

Brown served as a defensive backfield coach for the Raiders from 1979-88. He also had stints as the head at Long Beach State in 1991, where he earned a Master's degree and L.A. Jordan High School in 1994. In 1995 he returned to the Raiders as the Director of Staff Development.


*All-AFL Team (1964)
*Five AFL All-Star Games (1964-65, 1967-69)
*Named to the All-Time AFL Team in 1969
*Four AFC-NFC Pro Bowls (1970-73)
*Named to the Pro Football 25-year All-Star team
*Inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1984
*Inducted into the Louisiana Sports Hall of Fame in 1992
*Inducted into the Mississippi Sports Hall of Fame in 1994


*Previously held Super Bowl record for longest interception (75 yards, Super Bowl XI), now held by Tennessee Titans Cornerback Kelly Herndon (76 yards, Super Bowl XL)
*Oakland Raiders franchise leader for interceptions (39, t-1st)

ee also

*Other American Football League players

External links

* [http://www.cmgworldwide.com/football/brown/ Official Site of Willie Brown]
* [http://www.profootballhof.com/hof/member.jsp?player_id=36Entry at the Pro Football Hall of Fame]
* [http://www.remembertheafl.com/1965ToppsBroncos.htm#WillieBrown Brown's 1965 Topps football card]
* [http://www.remembertheafl.com/AFLPlayers.htm Full roster of all American Football League players 1960 - 1969]
* [http://www.fearthesilverandblack.com/HallOfFame/brown.html#WillieBrown Brown's Hall Of Fame Page (Fan)]

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