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Brown Bears
2016 Brown Bears football team
Brown Bears wordmark.png
First season 1878
Athletic director Jack Hayes
Head coach Phil Estes
19th year, 112–77 (.593)
Stadium Brown Stadium
Seating capacity 20,000
Field surface Grass
Location Providence, Rhode Island
NCAA division Division I FCS
Conference Ivy League
All-time record 607–565–40 (.517)
Bowl record 0–1 (.000)
Conference titles 4
Consensus All-Americans 10
Colors Seal Brown, White, and Cardinal[1]
Fight song Ever True
Marching band Brown University Band
Rivals Harvard Crimson
Yale Bulldogs
Dartmouth Big Green
Columbia Lions
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. In the 1948 season, Brown fans were the originators of the popular de-fense! chant that spread to the NFL in the 1950's. Brown has 607 wins making them tied for 72nd all time in wins amongst division one football programs.

Brown players and coaches elected to the College Football Hall of Fame[edit]

Notable former players[edit]

Alumni in the NFL Draft[edit]


B Back K Kicker NT Nose tackle
C Center LB Linebacker FB Fullback
DB Defensive back P Punter HB Halfback
DE Defensive end QB Quarterback WR Wide receiver
DT Defensive tackle RB Running back G Guard
E End T Offensive tackle TE Tight end
Year Round Pick in round Overall pick Player Team Position
2010 7 34 241 David Howard Tennessee Titans DT
2007 4 17 116 Zak DeOssie New York Giants LB
1999 7 35 241 Sean Morey New England Patriots WR
1982 7 12 179 Steve Jordan Minnesota Vikings TE
1981 6 4 142 John Woodring New York Jets LB
1980 3 4 60 John Sinnott St. Louis Cardinals T
1979 12 10 313 Bob Forster Detroit Lions C
1976 7 5 187 Bob Bateman Cincinnati Bengals QB
1967 7 16 175 Joe Randall St. Louis Cardinals K
1966 5 12 76 Bob Hall Minnesota Vikings DB
1960 12 8 140 Tom Budrewicz Chicago Bears T
1958 10 2 111 Gil Robertshaw Chicago Cardinals T
1952 28 11 336 John Pietro Cleveland Browns G
1951 9 8 106 Don Colo New York Yanks T
1950 3 1 28 Don Colo Baltimore Colts T
1950 12 4 148 Bucky Walters Detroit Lions T
1950 12 13 157 Frank Mahoney Philadelphia Eagles E
1947 24 7 222 Tom Dorsey Chicago Cardinals B
1946 6 5 45 Jim Lalikos New York Giants T
1946 17 2 152 Charley Tiedeman New York Yanks B
1945 21 9 217 Phil Teschner Philadelphia Eagles T
1945 28 10 295 Charley Anthony New York Giants B
1944 6 4 47 Dan Savage Pittsburgh Steelers B
1944 21 8 216 Hank Margarita Chicago Bears B
1943 19 5 175 Jay Fidler Cleveland Rams T
1940 3 10 25 John McLaughry New York Giants B
1939 16 4 144 Irv Hall Philadelphia Eagles B[2]

Notable alumni not in an NFL Draft include:


The Bears have no national championships, though they do have one undefeated team, the 1926 team, also known as the Iron Men of 1926, finishing 9–0–1 (and winning all three of their Ivy League games), with a 10-10 tie to Colgate in the last game of the season. The Bears have won the Ivy League title four times in their history.

The Bears won their first Ivy League title in 1976, sharing it with Yale while finishing 8-1 on the season, clinching the title with a 28-17 victory over Columbia. [3]

In 1999, the Bears went 9-1 (the most victories since 1926, along with a record seven game winning streak), while beating Columbia 23-6 to share the Ivy League title with Yale.[4]

In 2005, the Bears finished 9-1, beating Columbia 52-21 in their final game in order to clinch their first ever outright Ivy League title and third overall. [5]

In 2008, the Bears finished 7-3 (while losing only one Ivy League game), beating Columbia 41-10 to clinch a share of the Ivy League title, their fourth over conference title and third in nine years. [6][7]

Conference championships[edit]

Year Conference Coach Overall record Conference record
1976 Ivy League John W. Anderson 8–1 6–1
1999 Ivy League Phil Estes 9–1 6–1
2005 Ivy League Phil Estes 9–1 6–1
2008 Ivy League Phil Estes 7–3 6–1

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 first game in the series occurred in 1893. Brown's record versus Harvard is 30-84-2. During recent decades the respective squads meet annually the first weekend of the Ivy League football season.

University of Rhode Island[edit]


Brown has a 31-57-4 record versus Dartmouth. Beginning in 2018 Brown will play New England Ivy League rival Dartmouth in their final game.


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