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Brown Bears
2014 Brown Bears football team
Brown Bears Logo.svg
First season 1878
Athletic director Jack Hayes
Head coach Phil Estes
Home stadium Brown Stadium
Stadium capacity 20,000
Stadium surface Grass
Location Providence, RI
League NCAA Division I (FCS)
Conference Ivy League
All-time record 589–548–40 (.517)
Postseason bowl record 0–1 (.000)
Claimed national titles 0
Conference titles 4
Division titles 0
Heisman winners 0
Consensus All-Americans Zach Burns, Stephen Campbell, Nick Hartigan, Sean Morey, Chas Gessner, Zak DeOssie, Orland Smith, Frank Meadow, Bob Warden, Jamie Gasparella
Current uniform

Seal brown, Cardinal red, and White

Fight song Ever True
Marching band Brown University Band
Rivals Harvard Crimson
Penn Quakers
For information on all Brown University sports, see Brown Bears

The Brown Bears football program is the intercollegiate American football team for Brown University located in the U.S. state of Rhode Island. The team competes in the NCAA Division I Football Championship Subdivision (FCS) and are members of the Ivy League. Brown's first football team was fielded in 1878. The team plays its home games at the 20,000 seat Brown Stadium in Providence, Rhode Island. The Bears are coached by Phil Estes.


In the middle of the 1926 season, the “Iron Men” came into being when the same 11 players played against Yale for 60 minutes and a 7-0 win. The next week the same 11 players played without substitution against Dartmouth and won 10-0. Two weeks later the Iron Men played 58 minutes against Harvard, but in the last two minutes the substitutes came in to earn their letters. Brown won all its games that year until the Thanksgiving game against Colgate ended in a 10-10 tie. The famed “Iron Men” were Thurston Towle ’28, Paul Hodge ’28, Orland Smith ’27, Charles Considine ’28, Lou Farber ’29, Ed Kevorkian ’29, Hal Broda ’27, Al Cornsweet ’29, Dave Mishel ’27, Ed Lawrence ’28, and Roy Randall ’28.

Brown players elected to the College Football Hall of Fame are John W. Heisman 1891, DeOrmond McLaughry, Frederick D. Pollard ’19, Edward North Robinson 1896, and Wallace Wade ’17.

Notable former players[edit]

Notable alumni include:

Year-by-year results[edit]



They have never won the national championship.

Conference championships[edit]

Bowl game appearances[edit]

Season Date Bowl W/L Opponent PF PA Coach Notes
1915 January 1, 1916 Rose Bowl L Washington State 0 14 Eddie N. Robinson notes
Total 1 bowl game 0–1 0 14



The Bears and Crimson meet annually in the first game of the Ivy League football season. The result of the game almost always determines how the season will play out. In 2008, Brown beat Harvard for the first time in nearly a decade, 24-22, in Providence. The two teams would end up sharing the Ivy League title with matching 6-1 records.

University of Rhode Island[edit]


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