Roger Brown (defensive tackle)

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Roger Brown
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Date of birth (1937-05-01) 1 May 1937 (age 79)
Place of birth Surry County, Virginia
Career information
Position(s) DT
College Maryland Eastern Shore
NFL draft 1960 / Round: 4 / Pick 42
Career history
As player
1960–1966 Detroit Lions
1967–1969 Los Angeles Rams
Career highlights and awards
Pro Bowls 6
Honors Virginia Sports Hall of Fame Class of 1997
Career stats

Roger Lee Brown (born 1 May 1937) is a former American football defensive tackle who retired after the 1969 NFL season.

Football career[edit]

Brown was drafted in the 4th round, 42nd overall, in the 1960 NFL Draft out of Maryland State College by the Detroit Lions. Played in the College All-star game in Chicago vs the Baltimore Colts. He played with the original fearsome foursome, with Alex Karras, Sam Williams and Darris McCord, He was named the 1962 Outstanding Defensive Lineman in the league, and sacked both Bart Starr and Johnny Unitas for safeties. Tying an individual NFL record for safeties scored in a single season; first set in 1932.[1] He played for the Lions through the 1966 season, then was traded to the Los Angeles Rams. He was known for his performance in the "Thanksgiving Day Massacre" game against the Green Bay Packers in 1962 where he sacked Bart Starr seven times, including one for a safety.

During his stint with the Rams, Brown, along with Deacon Jones, Lamar Lundy, and Merlin Olsen formed the "Fearsome Foursome", the most feared defensive line at the time. He retired after three seasons with the Rams, ending a career in which he was an NFL Pro Bowl player for 6 straight seasons (1962–1967) and a 2-time first-team All-Pro (1962 and 1963). Brown was the first NFL player to have a playing weight over 300 lb but his size and speed made him one of the most dynamic players of the time.

In 1997, Brown was inducted into the Virginia Sports Hall of Fame.In 2009 Roger was inducted into the (National college football Hall of Fame,) in 2015, And in 2015 into the( Black College Hall of Fame.)


After his playing career was over, Brown went into the restaurant business. He started a chain of 8 restaurants in the Chicago area, and later owned 3 McDonald's locations in Virginia. Today he owns Roger Brown's Restaurant and Sports Bar in Portsmouth, Virginia and the Cove Taverns in Williamsburg, and Newport News VA is active in the Hampton Roads community, serving on 14 various local boards and committees. In 2009 he was inducted into the National Football Foundation And College Hall of Fame. And was inducted into the (Black College Football HALL of FAME) on Feb 28th 2015 .


  1. ^ "NFL Single-Season Safeties Leaders". Retrieved 13 February 2012.  External link in |work= (help)